>Dede1943 writes:
>I haven't watched the video (I'm on a slow connection right now); but
>from those steps, it sounds like you have two identical layers, one
>above the other, and you're painting on the layer mask of the upper
>layer to make some of that layer transparent. But if the layer
>underneath it is another copy of the same layer, painting on the
>layer mask won't have any visible effect. You're making the layer
>invisible to see through it to a layer that looks identical.
>When I use layer masks in this way, I add a few steps between your
>steps 2 and 3:
>2.1. Hide the original layer, so I'm working on the backup.
>2.2. Create a new layer -- I tend to use a solid, garish color like
>     magenta or bright green, something that will contrast a lot
>     with the layer I'm masking.
>2.3. Move the new sold-color layer to the bottom of the stack.
>You don't have to create the solid color layer (steps 2.2 and 2.3
>are optional), but it makes it a lot easier to tell whether you've
>erased completely.
>Now proceed with creating the layer mask and painting on it, and you
>should see parts of the magenta (or whatever) layer appear. When
>you're happy with your layer mask, you can hide or delete the
>solid-color layer.
>        ...Akkana
Thanks so much for the assistance-very helpful

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