This Hindi spoken tutorial will help you to mix background or two images via layer mask with brush technique.When you add a layer mask, you can hide or show all of the layer, or base the mask on a selection or transparency. Later, you’ll paint on the mask to precisely hide portions of the layer, revealing the layers beneath.

The difference between “Opacity” and layer mask is that while opacity changes the transparency level of a entire layer at once, layer mask allows you to control the transparency of a layer locally. That means you can make one part of a layer more or less transparent than the other. 


If you can tell the difference between black and white, it will be easy to understand how layer masks work for you. Layer masks use white, black and all the shades of grey in between to control the transparency of a layer. Default layer mask is filled with white. White in layer mask means 0% transparent, that’s 100% visible and equals 100% opacity. Black do exactly the opposite – makes layer 100% transparent, 0% visible, just like 0% opacity. Between black and white we do have 254 shades of gray that makes a layer more or less transparent. Neutral grey (the color exactly between black and white) means 50% transparent, 50% visible.


Mask commands, shortcuts and tricks:

  • Add layer mask – press third button from the left at the bottom of layers palette.
  • Delete mask – right click on the mask / “Delete Layer Mask”
  • View mask – Alt (Option) + Left click on the mask
  • Disable/enable mask – Shift + Left click on the mask
  • Fill with white – Ctrl (Control) + Delete
  • Fill with black – Alt (Option) + Delete
  • Invert mask colors – Ctrl (Control) + I

Brush tool-

With the brush tool, you can paint into empty layer, rasterized layer or on layer mask.The only settings you are changing are Brush Size, Hardness, Opacity and Flow. There are three ways of how you can control brush size and hardness. Firs one is to right-click on image and adjust the sliders. Another way is to use keyboard shortcuts – “[” and “]” to change brush size, and “Shift” + “[” and “Shift” + “]” for hardness. And third one, the most efficient, is toHold Alt (Option), right-click on the image and move cursor left-right/up-down.

Let’s get to Opacity and Flow. These two settings are similar, but there is a difference how these two settings works. The difference is that flow is building up, and opacity is not. It means that if you have black brush set to 50% opacity, you can’t paint to more than 50% of black with a single stroke. 

Follow the steps-

Step 1: Bring Your Image Into Photoshop

Step 2: Position Your Image

Step 3: Add a New Layer Below Your Image
Create a new layer below your photo.

 Step 4: Add a layer mask on Your front Image
1.Make sure that no part of your image is selected. Choose Select – Deselect.
2.In the Layers panel, select the layer or group.
Do one of the following:
a. To create a mask that reveals the entire layer, click the Add Layer Mask button in the Layers panel, or choose Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal All.
b. To create a mask that hides the entire layer, Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) the Add Layer Mask button, or choose Layer – Layer Mask – Hide All.

Step 5: Blend Your Image
You know that a mask is active, when there is a black outline around the layer mask icon. Now select the Brush tool (press B).

Press D (to return the foreground and background colors to their defaults); then press X to set your foreground color to black. Click and drag on your photo over the areas where you want to block the effect of the adjustment layer. Although it seems as though you’re painting on the photograph, you’re actually painting on the mask. When you release your mouse button, you’ll see black areas appear on the layer mask in the Layers panel. This shows which parts of the image have been painted with black.

Layer masks are also very forgiving. Let’s say you accidentally paint with black where you don’t want to. You could undo (Edit – Undo), but what if you don’t realize your mistake right away? You’ve already done a bunch of other painting, and you don’t want to undo all that work. No problem. Just paint with white. That’s right; switch your Foreground color to white (press X) and paint over those accidental black brush strokes with white. All gone. You can go back and forth from black to white as much as you want. Image quality is not going to suffer because all you’re doing is blocking or showing the effect—on an adjustment layer no less. You’re nowhere near touching your actual image!

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  1. I didn’t know Masking for so easy. Thanks for this tutorial.

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