In my opinion, the best new feature of Photoshop Elements 9 is the layer mask! I NEVER thought Adobe would add it to Photoshop Elements, but there it is—a single button at the bottom of the layers panel you can click, and PRESTO! You have a layer mask.
What do layer masks do? Essentially, they hide part of a layer in a nondestructive way.
There are so many ways to use layer masks that it would be hard to list them all. You’re only limited by your imagination! In the following video, for example, I use a layer mask to hide part of the effect of an overlay, so I can see one area of the photo more clearly.
You may ask, couldn’t you do that with the Eraser tool? Well, yes, you can, but the part you erase with the Eraser tool is permanent. Not so with a mask. You can adjust it as often as you please, now or 10 years from now.
So enjoy watching this QuickTime video on layer masks in Photoshop Elements 9!
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