Hi there everybody!
I'm new to Photoshop and Lightroom and just started the Photography CC plan. I'm really liking the programs but am quickly realizing the steep learning curve, so I hope that you guys can help me out!
I really like photoshop's capability to create a specific layer mask, and know that the ability to create these is far superior than its Lightroom counterpart. Is there any way that I can create a layer mask for a specific part of a photo in Photoshop, and then use that as a mask in Lightroom?
I'm not quite sure what you are referring to. I guess I have been using Lightroom for so long that creating masks is a lost talent. You can create masks in Photoshop, of course, as part of your Photoshop editing. But those masks are not accessible in Lightroom.
You can't. But you can use 'Open as Layers in Photoshop' dialog to layer different files together from Lightroom, which might help. Once you've gone done the path of masking layers in Photoshop, you're best off finishing there. You can still use Smart Objects to keep the underlying layers editable though.