Working with Layers in Photoshop 7: Part 3
By Gary David Bouton
Making Your Own Brush Tip and Quick Masking With It
This month opens up two more features of Photoshop to your use: the Brush Tip Shape menu within the Brushes menu, and the Layer Mask mode. The custom brush tip will become immediately apparent to you in terms of its use, but a Layer Mask might sound as oblique as a "rotary simulatory activator".
The Layer Mask mode in Photoshop is, quite simply, a "gimme back" facility. You appear to be erasing when painting in Quick Mask mode, but here's the safety chute – no erasure is permanent until you peel the Layer Mask off the image. Photoshop then asks you if you want to apply the erasures or discard the mask, in which case everything on that layer returns to the state before you did any editing. I wish I had this feature back when I was (physical) still-life drawing with a (physical) pencil at my (physical) university!
No sense in hangin' around now. Here's the plot: the duck on the pocket watch is laying pretty flat on the ground and there should be a blade or three of grass growing up around the watch. By erasing part of the duck's watch on the bottom, it will appear that grass is indeed growing around the watch. And to paint (erase) shapes that look like grass, you need to make a brush that looks like a blade of grass.
Growing Grass in the Picnic Image