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  1.    08 Apr 2017 #2881
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
    Yes, isn't that always fun when you start with something simple & all of a sudden you have 20+ layers . And it gets really confusing after the 3rd drink.
    Well TC did supply me with a whole cabinet full last night.
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  2.    08 Apr 2017 #2882
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    I still haven't figured out how to use layers correctly, so I just either flatten the image, or merge down.
    But I create all the parts separately first, testing placement & size.
    When I use layers, stuff becomes invisible.
    You have to visualize it in 3D. You have one layer on top of another. You can use the opacity on those to make something faded & blend in or use the eraser on that layer to let something below show through. Like the one I made yesterday, the bottom image was the green swirly stuff but the circuit board layer I faded that enough to let some of it show through.

    And yes, it can get confusing, fortunately you just have to turn off the visibility to see what layer that particular one is. Trust me, I click off/on quite a bit when the scrotch hits.

    Kado would be the one to ask about masking.

    Just play around with it, experiment & have fun.
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  3.    08 Apr 2017 #2883
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    Quote Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
    Well TC did supply me with a whole cabinet full last night.
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  4.    08 Apr 2017 #2884
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
    You have to visualize it in 3D. You have one layer on top of another. You can use the opacity on those to make something faded & blend in or use the eraser on that layer to let something below show through. Like the one I made yesterday, the bottom image was the green swirly stuff but the circuit board layer I faded that enough to let some of it show through.

    Kado would be the one to ask about masking.

    Just play around with it, experiment & have fun.
    Masking is just erasing without destroying any pixels. Black on the mask to erase white to reveal..
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  5.    08 Apr 2017 #2885
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    Another trick I do is color to transparency, either black, but usually white, and then paste it over what I'm working on.
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  6.    08 Apr 2017 #2886
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Another trick I do is color to transparency, either black, but usually white, and then paste it over what I'm working on.
    BTW, every one of those different colored glowing circuits added another layer, by the time I done with that, I think I had over 20 layers.
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  7.    08 Apr 2017 #2887
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    A quick example:
    Layer 1--Yellow base background
    Layer 2--Keith's sig white to alpha
    Layer 3--Borg's sig black to alpha

    Click image for larger version. 

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  8.    08 Apr 2017 #2888
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
    BTW, every one of those different colored glowing circuits added another layer, by the time I done with that, I think I had over 20 layers.
    It soon mounts up especially in Photoshop because you have adjustment layers there too although that fishy wall is only 18 layers.
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  9.    08 Apr 2017 #2889
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    Quote Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
    It soon mounts up especially in Photoshop because you have adjustment layers there too although that fishy wall is only 18 layers.
    I'm subscribed to your YouTube channel, you should make a Mask tutorial, for beginners.
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  10.    08 Apr 2017 #2890
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    A quick example:
    Layer 1--Yellow base background
    Layer 2--Keith's sig white to alpha
    Layer 3--Borg's sig black to alpha

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Test.png 
Views:	25 
Size:	129.8 KB 
ID:	128944
    Colour to alpha is a feature that PS doesn't have at least not directly.
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