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Layers Panel - Masks

Community Beginner ,
Jul 16, 2021 Jul 16, 2021

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Hello.  I have Photoshop 2021.  I'm wondering why after adding a layer mask and looking in the layers panel, I see an added thumbnail with brackets around it to indicate the mask.  Why don't I get a thumbnail showing what the mask looks like?  Thanks

 

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Jul 16, 2021 Jul 16, 2021

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The "brackets" around your mask shows that it is targeted. This will happen if you click once on a layer mask. If you were to start painting on the canvas you would actually be drawing on that targeted mask.

 

Your lack of a thumbnail preview is an easy fix. In the upper right corner of the Layers panel is a menu that contains the entry Panel Options. Just set your Thumbnail Size to something larger.

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Jul 17, 2021 Jul 17, 2021

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Thanks.  I see exactly what you clicked on but I don't see any option in the drop down to increase the size of the thumb nails.

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Just found it.  Thanks again.

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Excellent. Happy to hear this helped you out.

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