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How to paste an image on a layer mask?

Mar 2, 2013 11:06 PM

Tags: #elements_10 #default_settings #layer_masks

Hi All,


I've just started using PS Elements 10 again after not having used it for some time, and I've forgotten a few things. When I paste an image which I've selected from another image (image A) into a layer mask for image B, the image A selection appears in black and white. Also, is there a quick way to return PS Elements 10 to its default settings? I'd be grateful if you could help with these questions. Cheers!

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    Mar 3, 2013 12:15 AM   in reply to qotn

    To paste into a mask, you have to make the mask visible in the editing workspace. Use alt click on the mask icon just right of the layer icon. If your mask is blank, you should see a blank screen, not the content of the layer. Then you can paste.

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    Mar 3, 2013 12:27 PM   in reply to qotn

    Yes, a mask is only a greyscale image, so coloured layers are converted to grayscale before being pasted. The purpose of a mask is to define the transparency for each pixel. So a grayscale is enough for that.

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