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How do you combine (merge) multiple layer masks in the layer panel??

New Here ,
Aug 03, 2016 Aug 03, 2016

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I have 2 copies of a background in my layers panel.  One copy has a selection made with the magic wand tool/inverted with a layer mask applied.  Another one of the copies has a selection made with the polygonal lasso tool (done for small details)/inverted with a mask applied to the other background layer. 

Two layers with layer masks … How can I merge or group them to represent one selection??

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Aug 03, 2016 Aug 03, 2016

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Layer mask a nothing more the selections and can be save as Alpha Channels and Aalpha channels can be combined many ways.

Ctlr+Click on a layer in the layer palette will load the layer transparency as a slection.  ie the layer mask.

Shift+Ctrl+Click on a layer in the layers palette will add the layers transparency to the current selection.

Background Layers can not be masked. Background layers do not support transparency their transparency is lacked.  Newer version of Photoshop will automatically convert a background layer to a normal layer when one mask it.

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Aug 03, 2016 Aug 03, 2016

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I have watched   the  tutorial several times however the demonstration is not clear as to the starting point.  It seemed like the 3 layer masks were in fact grouped together  (removed from their copied backgrounds).  I have succeeded in creating the group configuration but have not been able to carry out steps 2 -3 of selecting the other masks and combining and creating a composite of both masks.

And why is the final combined mask placed in a sub group of the main group in one tutorial and added to the main group in another??

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Aug 03, 2016 Aug 03, 2016

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OK, that did get confusing. Let's try this again.

How can I merge or group them to represent one selection?

  1. Control click your first mask in the Layers panel to load it as a selection (Cmd click on a Mac)
  2. Control Shift click the second mask in the Layers panel to add to the existing selection (Cmd Sh click on a Mac)
    (At this point you will see marching ants around both selections. Don't deselect.)
  3. Layer > Layer Mask > Delete
  4. Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection

That gives you a new mask that combines both of the original masks.

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New Here ,
Aug 03, 2016 Aug 03, 2016

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thanks....I'll try using these instruction

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Aug 03, 2016 Aug 03, 2016

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Did it work for you, AllenL?

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You are a godess from heaven 😃  Also my personal hero, thanks this helped me!

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New Here ,
Aug 04, 2016 Aug 04, 2016

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clicking on the first mask revealed the selection

however

when I followed the instructions to cmdshclick on the second mask it didn’t make the selection (there’s a + sign in the hand)

are there other adjustments or is the software corrupted or misbehaving? (I’m using PS CS6)

I reversed the order of selections and it still only “selected” the first mask

thanks for your patience, Barb

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 05, 2016 Aug 05, 2016

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Happy to help! Would you please post a screen shot that includes your layers panel?

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New Here ,
Aug 05, 2016 Aug 05, 2016

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thank you. The first of the screen shots shows the selection of the wheel with the polygonal tool on a layer.The second of the screen shots shows the selection of the people done with the magic wand tool on the other layer. your patience is greatly appreciated. I have been struggling on my own to learn photoshop!

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Aug 05, 2016 Aug 05, 2016

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Can you post the screen capture of your Photoshop window using this button?

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Aug 05, 2016 Aug 05, 2016

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 05, 2016 Aug 05, 2016

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How can I merge or group them to represent one selection??

Ok:

  1. Outlined in pink: click the word selectio... to make the top layer active.
  2. Outlined in red: click the eyeball to show the top layer
  3. Outlined in green: Command+click the bottom mask
  4. Outlined in blue: Command+ Sh+ click the top mask

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This will show marching ants around the statue.

  1. Layer > Layer Mask > Delete
  2. Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection

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Aug 05, 2016 Aug 05, 2016

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If you combine those two layer mask you will most likely wind up with a selection like the top layer mask it seems to have selected all the areas that are select in the lower layer mask.

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New Here ,
Aug 06, 2016 Aug 06, 2016

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I have followed your instructions, however, the people mask seems to disappear because I am left with only the upper mask (wheel) no matter how many times I try.  I even had my wife stand over my shoulders so that I was sure of following your instruction.  Do you think something I did (unwittingly) in steps in creating the selections preceding the merge attempt could be the problem?

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Aug 06, 2016 Aug 06, 2016

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Yes That is what should happen.  I wrote that in a previous append.  The upper mask includes all of the areas that what the bottom mask select.   Adding in the bottom mask to the top mask would add nothing to the top mask.  The result would be the same as the top mask.  The top mask has the set of area the bottom mask has already. 

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Aug 05, 2016 Aug 05, 2016

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For example if you had a 5 image collage you wanted to create a Mat layer on top of.  It would be very easy to do. A Ctrl+Click on the First image layer mask followed by a Shift+Ctrl on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. To select all the images the Invert the selection to have a mask for the mat layer. Add a solid fill layer on top with this selection active the add a layer style.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 03, 2016 Aug 03, 2016

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I feel if that video was not clear to you.  You need to spend more time using Photoshop.

For when you look at video like that one and we write you can save selection as alpha channels and combine alpha channels may way using calculations.  That loading a layers transparence with a ctrl+click is like loading the layer mask and using Shift+Ctrl+Click can add to a selection.  That a selection and a layer mask are the same thing. It all goes in one of your eyes and out the other for you have not used Photoshop long enough to know how Photoshop works.  You need more time in the saddle.

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Aug 03, 2018 Aug 03, 2018

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Hey JJMack, how about you just let Barb help AllenL instead of drilling him for not understanding photoshop... 

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Aug 03, 2018 Aug 03, 2018

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Do you understand you posted your opinion about my reply in this thread that is two years old to the day.  There were other append by me  in this thread also after Aug. 3, 2016 did you read any of them.  IMO you should try to help users  like other user here do.  Your is the only reply in this thread that was not trying to help the OP. 

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