photoshop: paste a layer into a mask

It has not been the most productive day (so far at least). Still, I learned one thing I want to post about. Few times I wanted to do that and had no idea how to.

Paste a layer(A) into a layer(B) mask. In 4 easy steps:

1. select the layer A and copy it to clipboard (Cmd/Ctrl+a, Cmd/Ctrl+c)

2. go to the layer B, make it active and click the Layer Mask

3. go to your Channels Panel, there is your mask in the bottom, set it active and visible, paste the clipboard content (Cmd/Ctrl+v) 

4. make the mask channel invisible again and the RGB channel (top) active

And it’s done!

I played a bit with halftones today (Filter > Pixelate). I followed the Photoshop Guys’ and applied it in grayscale (all 4 channels parameters equal). I’m not too happy with what I got, but a post needs an image.halftones

18 thoughts on “photoshop: paste a layer into a mask”

  1. P,
    How do you create those scrolly vector illustrations? Can u make a tutorial for it? Also I wanted to know if you know anything about creating glitter style on PS.


  2. There’s an even easier way to do this:

    2. go to layer B and Option/Alt click the Layer Mask. This makes the mask into an editable greyscale layer.

    3. paste the clipboard content (Cmd/Ctrl+v) into the mask layer.

    4. simply click on layer B to exit the mask and you’re done!

  3. It’s not done! Nothing happened. But I’m a bit unsure about the copy bit, I can copy a selection but copy a layer? Do I just do ctrl+c? When I click the channel on I can see my image already but when I paste nothing happens.

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