Layer Mask Hides Effects option in Photoshop

When compositing in Photoshop it is common to use a series of effects/styles and masks. These generally work very well by default but there are occasions where you get odd interactions when, for example, applying both a stroke and a soft mask to a layer. This video explores a simple setting used to reverse the order in which these attributes are applied to a layer to give a more desired result in specific situations.

TIMELINE

0:00 – Overview of document

0:19 – Adding a stroke

0:38 – Adding a mask

1:09 – Odd interaction between stroke and mask

1:32 – Layer Mask Hides Effects

  • Activating this option in the Layer Style dialogue box has Photoshop apply effects such as Stroke to a layer before masking as opposed to the reverse which is the Photoshop default.
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