Lesson 4

OBJECTIVE

The student will use the Layer menu to temporarily disable a layer mask, and discard a layer mask using the Layers panel.

 

Lesson:  Disable and enable a layer mask

  1. Continue with the previous file - PS_C8_L3_Soccer_your username – resave it as PS_C8_L4_Soccer_your username
  2. Click the Opposition Layer (on the Layers panel)
  3. Click Layer (on the Menu bar), point to Layer Mask, then click Disable – when you disable the mask, the formerly hidden players are fully displayed [you can also disable a layer mask by pressing [Shift] and then clicking the layer mask thumbnail, and then enable it by pressing [Shift] and clicking the layer mask thumbnail again]
  4. Display the History panel
  5. Drag the 'Disable Layer Mask history state' to the 'Delete current state button' on the History panel – deleting the Disable Layer Mask history state causes the remasking of the players before you remove a layer mask, verify that the layer mask, not just the layer, is active – otherwise, if you use the Delete layer button on the Layers panel to remove the mask, you will delete the layer, not the layer mask]

Summary:  You disabled the layer mask on the Opposition layer, using commands on the Layer menu, and deleted the Disable Layer mask history state using the History panel.

 

Lesson:  Remove a layer mask

  1. Click the layer mask thumbnail on the Soccer field layer (on the Layers panel)
  2. Click the Delete layer button (on the Layers panel)
    [Tip:  Before you remove a layer mask, verify that the layer mask, not just the layer, is active - otherwise, if you use the Delete layer button on the Layers panel to remove the mask, you will delete the layer, not the layer mask] 
  3. Click 'Delete' to remove the mask without first applying it to the Soccer field layer [you can use the Delete Mask button in the Properties panel to delete the Mask without seeing the warning box]
  4. Click  Edit (on the Application bar), then click 'Undo Delete Layer Mask'
  5. Save your work

Summary:  You used the Delete layer button on the Layers panel to delete a layer mask, chose the Delete option in the warning box to remove the mask without applying it to the Soccer field layer, and then used the Edit menu to undo the action to restore the layer mask on the Soccer field layer.