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.
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.