In Photoshop, how do I apply EZ Mask when using a foreground and background?
Posted by Peter Moyer on 04 January 2008 12:23 AM

EZ Mask normally works with two images: a foreground and a background. Before applying EZ Mask, you should place your foreground image in a layer above the background image and then apply a Layer Mask to the foreground layer. Photoshop uses the Layer Mask to place the foreground over the background.

  • Load foreground and background images.
  • Click on the foreground image and press Ctrl(Win)/Cmd(Mac)-A to select it and Ctrl(Win)/Cmd(Mac)-C to copy it.
  • Click on the background image and press Ctrl(Win)/Cmd(Mac)-V to paste it.
  • Press the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers Palette.

A solid, white Layer Mask shows up to the right of the dog foreground image.

  • In the Layers Palette, click on the foreground layer's color image to select it (not the Layer Mask) before applying EZ Mask.

The layers are now properly setup so EZ Mask can be applied.

  • From the Filters pull-down menu, select EZ Mask from the Digital Film Tools group.

When EZ Mask processes, it overwrites both the color and mask portions of the foreground layer. This allows Photoshop to composite the foreground over the background.

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