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Photoshop Elements > Layers >

Masking >

Create a Layer Mask

Do the following.

1) Make sure the layer—where you want the mask—is active (highlighted).

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Highlighted

2) Click the Add layer mask icon at the top of the layers stack.

The icon is the third one from the left.

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The mask will appear in the layer.

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Mask

By default, the mask is white.

Need a Black Mask?

If you need to change the mask from white to black, press Ctrl + i.

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Black Mask

The layer becomes hidden due to the black mask.

Switching Between the Mask

And

The Photograph

When using the mask, make sure the mask is selected.

A mask that's selected has a blue border.

If it's not selected, click the mask thumbnail.

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Mask Thumbnail Is Selected

When you're done using the mask, and want to do something with the photograph in that layer, click the photograph thumbnail.

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Photograph Thumbnail Is Selected

More

If you haven't already, go to Layer Masks.