Hands-on Photo Tip #001 – How to combine layer masks in Photoshop

In this first episode of Hands-on Photo Tips, I am explaining how you can save time and effort in Photoshop by combining layer masks. If you are applying selective adjustments to your images, you may end up with a number of layers, each with their own mask. Sometimes, combining existing masks into a new one helps you to quickly isolate an area that you need to work on next.

In this video, I will show you two quick ways of doing this.

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22 replies
  1. Tony Veinberg
    Tony Veinberg says:

    At last someone who explains in detail (several ways) and doesn’t rush through when demonstrating.

    Waiting for the #2.


    P.S. Like your photos too.

  2. Bosque Bill
    Bosque Bill says:

    Excellent video tutorial – good information here. I also like that the video is in high enough resolution that I can view it full screen to see all the details, just as if it were running on my computer.

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Bosque,

      So, resolution is important after all! 🙂 Exactly that was my intent: Create a feeling for you as if it was on your own computer. I will try to sustain the 1080p resolution for the coming videos and try not to exceed any god-given limit set by YouTube. 🙂


  3. Pat
    Pat says:

    Very good tips Klaus. You’re instructions are easy to follow and your presentation is very good. Hey! you don’t look so bad on video either!…LOL!

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Pat,

      thanks, man! Recording video like this took a bit of adjustment on my part (technically and personally). I am used to speaking in front of crowds, but this is different. I am glad to hear that it did not look too bad. 🙂


  4. Murray Parker
    Murray Parker says:

    Thanks Klaus, you are providing a wonderful service. These tips will be very beneficial to us all and I look forward to many more.

  5. Rob Hanson
    Rob Hanson says:

    Klaus — I just had the chance to watch the video. Great job! This gives a lot of context to some of your other, more high-speed videos (the making of… videos.) I’m glad you took the time to teach this for the benefit of everyone.


  6. Paul Zietsman
    Paul Zietsman says:


    Its all been said above but many thanks for a very informative presentation. Seeing it done practically makes it much easier than trying to follow a written narrative.



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