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Question About Layer Mask #1
Michael McGregory's picture
by Michael McGregory
December 18, 2011 - 11:27am

Hi Joseph -

Love your presets and the site!

I'm starting to understand the concept behind the custom layer masks…but I can't seem to find any info about how those custom masks are actually created / imported into aperture. Any suggested reading?

If I'm asking the magician to reveal his tricks I'll understand if you can't answer :-)



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by PhotoJoseph
December 22, 2011 - 6:02am


Thanks, glad you’re enjoying them!

I haven’t ever gone into detail on how I do them, but the process is fairly convoluted. Basically I create a new Library (for safety and to make it easy to find the masks), paint a dummy mask on a photo in the adjustment I want to have a mask on, open the Package, dig into the masks and find the dummy mask, open that in Photoshop and paint/paste the new mask in. Save, close package, open Library, and there you go. Then I save it as a preset and export!

You can’t mess with the exported preset packages, so this is the only way (that I’ve found) to do it.

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by Chris Biele
July 10, 2012 - 7:25am

Awersome! Thanks for answering this question. It’s a really silly workaround that we have to do, but well done for figuring it out and implementing it so well!

Now, if only there was a way of copying masks from one adjustment to another, as well as inverting masks, as is possible in PS… or is there?

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