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

EZ Mask normally works with two images, but a single image can be used as long as it has a Layer Mask. When you load a single image in Photoshop, it shows up as a locked Background layer in the Layers Palette. To add a Layer Mask, you will need to unlock this Background layer.

  • Load an image.
  • Double-click on the Background layer in the Layers Palette.
  • When the New Layer window opens, press OK.

Double-clicking on the Background layer in the layers palette simultaneously converts it to a layer and unlocks 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 image. Photoshop uses the Layer Mask to place one image over another.

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

The layer is 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. For Photoshop to composite your result, you will need to load a background image and position it below your EZ Mask processed layer.

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