How To Copy a Layer Mask Video Tutorial

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How To Copy a Layer Mask—FREE Video Tutorial
by Linda Sattgast

Photoshop and newer versions of Photoshop Elements makes it very easy to duplicate a layer mask to use on another layer. The same thing can be done in older versions—it just takes a few more steps.

In this quick video tutorial, learn how to copy a layer mask from one layer to another and also how to invert a mask.

Watch the video below.

NOTE: If you don’t know how to create and use a layer mask, please watch my video called Layer Mask Basics first.


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8 Responses

  1. Michelle N
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    Wow, Love it. You are a wonderful teacher, thank you! (The invert tip has made my day… can’t tell you how many times I wish I’d known that.)

    • Linda Sattgast
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      You’re welcome, Michelle. I use that tip a lot myself. 😀

  2. Liz
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    wow – just another wonderful tut – thanks, Linda

  3. Syndi Phillips
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    Hi! I’m a font junky. Can you tell me what font you used for the word Joy? I love it.


    • Linda Sattgast
      | Reply

      Hi Syndi—I used Aphrodite Slim Text Regular for the word Joy, and I used Aphrodite Slim Ornaments Regular for the swirl under the word. It’s not a free font, but it’s reasonably priced.

  4. Su Hall
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    Excellent video/tutorial! I really appreciate each and every one!
    I use masks with nearly everything I do. Even when extracting!
    There is one other thing I do with masks that I would like to add, if that’s okay.
    If you want to view the actual mask, hold ‘Alt’ and click on the mask. You will then see the black and white mask on your document. This is where you could look for missed places that you want to touch up or whatever. This, too, is where you would paste(Ctrl+V) in a texture you have copied(Ctrl+C) from another layer or document. Try it, if you understand what I wrote. If not, I will be happy to help. I love being able to add texture to my masks!
    Your tutorial is such a great help! I already knew about it, but, for one who hasn’t, you couldn’t have done a finer job!
    Thank you,


    • Linda Sattgast
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      Thanks for your kind words, Su. I also use the mask as you described, which I teach how to do in some of my more advanced lessons. I’m like you when it comes to masks. I use layer masks for so many things that I do. It’s a wonderful tool!

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