Written by Steve Patterson. In this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to look at one of the most essential features in all of Photoshop – layer masks. We’ll cover exactly what layer masks are, how they work, and why you want to use them. If you’ve been staying away from using layer masks with your Photoshop work because you thought they were somehow beyond your skill level, well, if you know the difference between black and white and can paint with Photoshop’s Brush Tool, you already have all the skills you need!
What will we going to create :
Creating a photo manipulation using Photoshop can be a lot of fun. Choosing the right photos is an important step in the process, In this tutorial we will show you how to do this using the layer mask , use of lighting effect, blending, creating a vignette use stroke and more. Let’s get started!
In this first tutorial, we’ll learn all aboout Field Blur. Here’s the photo I’ll be working with:
Before we go any further, let’s take a quick look at my Layers panel where we see that I’m currently working on a copy of my original image. I created the copy by pressing Crtl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac) on my keyboard, which duplicated the Background layer. This way, the original photo, sitting safely on the Background layer, will remain untouched and unharmed while I apply the blur effect to the copy on Layer 1: