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!
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.
Thanks for getting back so soon. Sorry I forgot to say, I'm using a Mac, so I think that I should be using Option click. And that's what I'm doing. I'm able to paste the image onto the layer mask, but the layer mask is white, not blank. And the image that I paste on is black and white, not colour.
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.
Hi Again Michel,
I guess I'd better say what I'm trying to do and then maybe you can help me. Maybe I'm not using the correct tool. What I wanted to do is cut a person from an image and superimpose this person on a second image. I thought I did this using the layer mask. When I do this, and look at the background image, all I can see is an outline of the shape of the person's image on the second image. Can you perhaps point me to a video which explains how to do this. I thought I had to use a layer mask to do this. Thanks for staying with me.
I see I've completely misunderstood the use of layer masks. I've worked out how to do what I wanted to do. After I create a background layer, I create a new, transparent layer. I then paste my image onto that transparent layer. To that layer I attach the layer mask. And then I paint in black on the layer mask to reveal the image on the transparent layer, which superimposes on the background layer. I'm sorry. I should have been clearer about what I wanted to do in my original question. Thanks again Michel for sticking with me and trying to help.