Basic mask operations

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Layer mask location

The layer mask commands are in the "Layer" category.

There is a mask icon in the layer palette window.
The icon looks like a circle inside a horizontally long square.

Mask determination

The layer mask thumbnail is on the right.
If it is displayed in white, nothing is hidden even if there is a mask.
Since the square frame is located on the mask side, the drawing target is a mask.

This is because the square frame is located toward the layer body.
The drawing target is the layer itself.

Click a thumbnail to draw.


Between the layer thumbnail and the mask thumbnail
By clicking the check mark,
You can cancel the link between the layer and mask.
Instead of disabling the mask,
Prevents movement or deformation from affecting the other.
To re-engage
Click again between them.
Then the check mark will be restored.

If the mask thumbnail is black, you are hiding everything.

Masks can also be assigned to “layer folders”.

The layer palette window
“Enable mask” switching and
There is also a “display mask range” switch.

How to edit mask

If you draw or fill the mask with a color other than “transparent color”, the mask of the part where it is drawn will be removed.
You can see what was drawn on that layer.

On the other hand, if you draw or fill with “transparent color” on the mask or execute “erase”
A mask is put on that part and it becomes invisible.

If you put a mask on this blue square,

It will be like this.

If the mask property is “Yes” in the layer properties,
Edit the mask with an airbrush, etc.
It is also possible to add gradation to the mask.
It's a gradation that you can see and can't see.

However, if you add a gradation to the “tone layer” with a mask,
In order not to reduce the blackness of the tone dots themselves,
Select “Masked image” in “Effect range” of the layer property.
It may be irrelevant if the color illustration is the subject, but it is listed here just in case.

Of course, you can hide it with a mask.
It means that the layer below that layer is exposed through.
"If you don't want to expose the bottom layer"
Instead of hiding with a layer mask, create a new layer on top and clip it,
It seems better to paint with any color to make it invisible.
When clipping, only the part drawn in the clipping target layer
Because the color disappears.

Thank you so much for staying here.
I think it was a rudimentary story for those who are used to it,
I hope it helps someone.

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