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Copying a layer mask from one layer to a new layer

Dec 4, 2012 3:22 AM

Tags: #photoshop_elements_11

I have been trying to copy a mask from one layer to a new layer in Elements 11.  I can do this in CS3 by using alt and dragging to the new layer.  It doesn't work in Elements 11.  Is this feature unavailable in elements 11 or is there a different command?  there doesn't seem to be much point in spending all that time making a complex layer amsk and then being unable to use it on another layer.

I have to give a tutorial on layer masks using both CS3 and elements at the Camera Club!

 
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    Dec 4, 2012 3:37 AM   in reply to HighlandSympetrum

    Hi,

     

    This feature is never available in Elements on any version.

    You can use a workaround, save the layer mask as a selection

    then resuse this selection on different -2 layer mask

     
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    Dec 4, 2012 3:45 AM   in reply to HighlandSympetrum

    Select the mask to copy = click on the mask icon, not the layer icon, then the mask is shown in the editing space. Copy it (Ctrl C)

    Select the other layer (add an empty mask if that is not already the case).

    Select its mask (same as above) - when the mask is shown in the editing space, copy : Ctrl V.

     
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    Dec 4, 2012 3:52 AM   in reply to MichelBParis

    Adding to MichelBParis reply-

    in step 1 and 3 to show mask is the edititng space you have to press Alt+click on the mask thumbnail.

     
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    Dec 4, 2012 3:55 AM   in reply to HighlandSympetrum

     

    1. Create your new layer above the layer with your mask.

    2. Add a new layer mask to that new layer.

    3. Click on the layer below and highlight the thumbnail for your mask.

    4. Hold down alt and click the mask thumbnail to reveal it.

    5. Press Ctrl+A (to select all) then Ctrl+C to copy.

    6. Click the layer above and highlight the new mask thumbnail and press Ctrl+V to copy your mask.

     
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    Dec 4, 2012 11:25 AM   in reply to HighlandSympetrum

    Here's another way in pse 11:

     

    1. Ctrl (Cmd) click on the layer mask to load the selection of the layer mask

     

    2. Make the layer active that you want to copy the layer mask to.

     

    3. Go to Select>Save Selection and choose layer mask from the dropdown menu.

     

    The above will make a new layer mask on the active layer using the selection you loaded from the layer mask.

     
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