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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Using any B&W Image as a Mask in PS
Unryu Paper Pack
1. Open the black and white image in Photoshop. For this tutorial, I have provided the image of a heart.
2. Open up your paper. I am using one of the mulberry rice papers from my Unryu Paper Pack.
3. If you image is a JPEG, promote the background to a layer (Layer > New > Layer From Background).
4. Ctrl + A to Select All.
5. Ctrl + C to Copy the mask image.
6. Select the paper. Promote the paper to a layer if it is a JPEG (as in Step 3).
7. Now it is possible to add a mask layer. At the bottom of the layer palette, click the 'Add Layer Mask' icon.
8. A white square appear will appear on the paper layer. This is the mask thumbnail. It should be currently selected (as seen by the highlight around the square).
9. Press the Alt key and click on the mask thumbnail (white square). Your paper should turn completely white.
10. Ctrl + V to paste the copied mask into the layer mask.
11. Press the Alt key and click on the mask thumbnail to switch back to viewing the paper.
12. The black part of the mask image hides and the white part of the mask image reveals. I have placed another paper underneath so that the image can be seen better.