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Designing with Procreate- Get creative with layer masks

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6 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Welcome to Designing with Procreate-Layer masks

    • 2. Layer Mask Basics + working with text

    • 3. Using Shapes

    • 4. Image Composite

    • 5. Watercolor effects

    • 6. Create a mockup

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In this class you will learn the basics of using layer masks and learn creative ways to use layer masks in your work. We will create several projects using type, hand lettering, create a watercolor effect, use shapes and create a mockup all within the Procreate app! 

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Kim Miller



I'm Kim, a Graphic Designer from Michigan and also the owner of Merrie Moore Designs. I create patterns, brushes, textures, wall art and most recently, tutorials! I started using the iPad and Procreate app about a year ago, which is where I create most of my work. This is perfect if you travel often. My background is in photography, which is where I get much of my inspiration. I am also experienced in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and hand lettering. In my spare time I crochet and hang out with my husband and two dogs.

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1. Welcome to Designing with Procreate-Layer masks: hi and welcome to another. Designing with appropriate class. Today we will create several projects using layer masks. Don't worry if you have never used them. It's very easy and you'll be glad you learned how to use them. We will start off with the basics and move into other projects where we will create an image composite work with shapes, use text in hand lettering and also create a watercolor effect. ER to finally will end with creating our own mock up using layer masks. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you in the next video. 2. Layer Mask Basics + working with text: in this video, we're gonna go over the basics of layer masks, and we're also gonna do a small project to you guys. Come better understand how they work and why you should use them. All right, so first up, this is where we're gonna create right here. We're going to start off by opening up a new canvas. I've got this already prepared and bring in whatever type that you want. It could be your hand lettering. You could go into another app like assembly or ah, however you want to do it, Just bring in a transparent background, PNG or however you want to bring it in. Just make sure that in this case that it's transparent. You'll see while in or on in the video why we want to make sure it's transparent. The next thing you want to do is Grampa photo. So whatever you want to put into your type, so we're gonna clip this image to our type. Next step we want to do is you want to add some color to our text, so go ahead and select that layer, create a new layer and then just help pull some colors that you want to bring in this brush here, I'm gonna be. Including with the class. This is a Grady int maker brush. And it's a nice soft Let's turn the softs, We can see what we're doing. It's a nice soft brush so you can build up color. Yeah, right now we're just gonna dio a few colors here. There. There we go. OK, so we have our shadow layer. We're gonna have our colored layer, and then we have our photos will turn the photo on, and I'm gonna show you how layer masks work first before we get into the project. So we're gonna use this photo here. We're gonna we're gonna click on this and apply the mask. You'll see that there is another layer attached to the photo layer. If you delete this photo layer at this point, you're going to delete the mask, so just be aware of that. You can delete the mask on Lee and leave the photo, but if you delete the photo, it deletes everything. So just so you know, also, when you're working with these two layers, you can still edit your photos separately from your mask. Just make sure that that layer is selected also goes the same. The same goes with the layer mask. If you need to start editing on your mask, make sure that that layer is selected. Okay, so now that we have earlier mass selected, we're gonna go ahead and click on a brush that we want to use. Make sure that black is selected. Um, how it goes with layer masks is ah, white reveals in black conceals. So that means that if we draw on this layer mask with black, we're going to be erasing pixels from this photo here. If we come in with a white what we will be putting these pixels back in. So let's make sure I have white and that I'm on the right layer. So let's back it up here, okay? Make sure we have white selected, and now you can see that I am bringing those pixels back. This brings me to the reason why you should use these in your work. Because if you decide that you want this photo and you want to edit it in, delete pixel off of it to reveal something underneath and you use the eraser tool, that's fine. But you can't go back. So using the layer mask is, ah, nondestructive saying or not really ruining anything you're just kind of masking. If you do the eraser and you get halfway through your project or even get finished with it , you realize there's a mistake you have to back up or start all over again. And this helps remedy that problem using a mask. So anyway, that is the biggest reason you should use them. Another reason is that there you can be super creative with these masks and you'll see that later on in this class. But for right now, we're just going to kind of go over how this works. And I'm gonna continue editing on this layer mask, and I want to show you that. Number one. If we're using this brush here and this is a great maker, it's a very soft brush. The opacity is low to begin with, so if I brush here, you can see that it's it's soft. I'm getting kind of a cloudy effect. If I change my brush, maybe to something a little more harsh, so a little bit more of a harder edge. You'll see that those pixels are a little bit more. Well, they're completely erased with that other brush. I was not erasing everything, so it does depend on the brush that you use. If I go in with this water brush here and use this, you'll see that the splash is the shape that it deletes in another thing to look at when you're using these and I'll go back to the radiant maker is if you lower the opacity on the brush, you're obviously going to be lowering the pat, the opacity when you're using it on the mask. Eso just another thing to be aware off also when you're using a mask, if you use shades of gray in between. So if I use this gray that's also going to affect the opacity, so it's just a lighter. It's not erasing the pixels completely. Okay, so in this project, what we want to do is we're gonna first, we're gonna clip this text to the photos are the photo to the text, so go ahead and select the type and then click on the photo layer and then grab your mask here and clip this. So now we have another layer. You can delete this or turn it off. But now we have this clipped to our artwork or type that we wanted it to look like in the first place. And this is where we're gonna add our mask because we want to see some of this color coming through below. So again, grab whatever brush you're gonna use, make sure you're on black and make sure that you're on the layer mask. Then we can come in and start. Let's bring this back to black. We can start bringing those pixels in. And I chose a soft brush because I felt like this. I wanted to gradually delete that sky so and you can see that those air nicely coming through. I have the opacity down quite low, but you can see now how that works. If I decided that I wanted to brush in a little bit more color here, I didn't want it to fade too quickly. I can come in and brush those pixels back in. So again, if you needed to change something even on your layer here, who let's say we want to change the color, we can come in and still edit this, uh, image layer, so just make sure that you have that layer selected. That's about it. It's very simple. There's Mawr involved, but I wanted to give you guys the basics of how to use it. This is a fun project to use to Ah, it's a very old project. It's from Photoshopped back way back when. But you can still do the same things. If you're not a photo shop user or you don't use photo shopped at all, you can do a lot of the same things and appropriate at that. You can do in photo shop, and I'm gonna take you through some of those in this class. So I hope you have a better understanding of how layer masks work. Ah, and you'll be able to see a lot more on the videos, so I'll see you in the next video 3. Using Shapes: Now that you have a better understanding of how layer masks work, we're gonna be creating this image here. So this is a look at the layer set up. We have, ah, basic shape here. I'll turn these off so you can see this is just, ah, random shape that I created with a brush in procreate. Next is our image that we used. This is a water color, texture or background, which I'm providing for you in this class. You can see your notes to go ahead and get that and that. Of course, we have our mask. Okay, So to get started with this, where we're gonna go ahead and create a new canvas again, I'm gonna do square next. I'm gonna just create an organic shape. Um, I'm just gonna brush it in with basic brush here, and that looks good. Okay. I might duplicate this again. I wanted a little bit darker, so let's merge this down. It's up to you. It could be a circle. It could be you square. It does not matter. Whatever you want to make this, I'm just showing you more of an organic shape because we're going to do this one a little bit differently than we did the 1st 1 So next up, what I want to do is bring in my photo toads right here, and I will blow this up to fill the screen and also positioned this one as well. Eso maybe you wanted it turned a little bit. Position that right now and get it the way you want it. So next we need to add a texture. And the texture that I have selected is a watercolor paper, and I'll be including this with the class files. So I'm gonna go ahead and grab that. You can use whatever texture you want. If it's something that you've drawn or drawn in procreate or whatever, it could be anything. It doesn't have to be. Watercolor. I just felt like the watercolor paper looked really good with this style photo. Okay, so next up, what we're gonna do is rename our layers. We want to make sure that we have everything organized because once you start working with layer masks and you might have an image here with a mask and then another image with a mask and it just gets a little bit confusing so we'll name this water color paper. This will be our image. And this is our shape. Okay, so this also helps me. I really this is beneficial for you to Because as I'm working here, you can see which layer I'm on. So if I say it's the watercolor paper and it's not labeled water watercolor paper, you might not really know which later I'm talking about. All right, so now that we have are three layers, we can go ahead and move on. We're going to do first is selector watercolor paper layer and create a mask. Go ahead and grab your brush. Make sure that black is selected, and then start brushing away those pixels so well, that looks really good. This is not what we set out to do. We want to make sure that we are creating this in the shape of the shape that we created. So to fix that, we're gonna go to our shape layer, select it, and then immediately go to the layer mask and then start brushing in again hopes. So with the brush that I'm using its the more I go over it, the darker the pixels s. So I can easily make it light in certain areas and darker in others. So there we have it that is, using a layer mask. If you want to go ahead and print this, you would just print it as is. Obviously, we also have that texture here. You can see just like this with the paper in the background. And then we're also getting the texture in the photo are here in our shape because I did not in parts of it, I did not erase completely. So, um anyway, just kind of experiment with different brushes, different shapes, things like that and different photos. So if you bring in a different texture, obviously, if it's not watercolor, it could be anything, really. You can get a multiple looks from doing that. All right, so that's it for this one. In the next video, we're gonna look at Ah, and image composite or manipulation s. So I hope you enjoyed this one because the next one's gonna be lots of fun. 4. Image Composite: All right, Welcome back in this video, we're going to do some image composites or manipulation. What we're gonna do is create what you see here, and I know it doesn't look like much of anything, but let me show you the original photos. Let's see here. So this is the original flower photo. It's got a black background, and then the gray black white flour and then the background Is this sky here? So this could be any two photos that you want to use? It doesn't matter. It doesn't have to match these two. If you do want to follow along with these, you can find these on unspool ash dot com. They have a ton if you've never been on their website. So this is what it ended up looking like here. And we're gonna go ahead and start with a new canvas again. I'm just gonna use square having to bring in my photos. So we're using this here, and I want ahead, and I resize this so it kind of fell off the canvas a little bit, which was kind of what I was looking for. And then we want the sky. So this was the sky photo that I found again, I blew this up as well. Okay, so I'll rearrange these. I'm gonna bring the sky photo below the flower. And, of course, we're gonna go ahead and rename these again. All right, So what we're gonna do is we want What we need to do is we need to cut this background out of the flower because you want to be able to see the sky behind it. So we're gonna do is we're going to apply a mask to the flower. In this case, I'm gonna go ahead and grab a Let's go into my Let's see, we went airbrushing. I'm gonna grab the hard airbrush here. Just like that. Okay? So again, we're gonna work on black, and I know that you can barely see it because of my background is really dark. Going to go ahead and change the color of this so you guys can see it. So let's break this up a bit. All right? So this is our background. I'm gonna leave it like this for the videos that when you guys can see what I'm doing again , we're gonna go to the layer start flower layer we want. Oh, delete this black when I keep the flower but delete the black. So working on this layer, making sure I'm the layer mask Grab your brush. Make sure you have black selected and then start brushing away. I'm gonna blow this up a little bit. I'm gonna lower this. All right? So start tracing around your photo the best that you can. This is where you want to spend. Most of your time is making sure you have. Ah, good cut out here. So obviously, I'm going to speed things up for time and I'll meet you back here when I get this cut out. All right, so now that I have a rough cut of my, um, my flower, I want to kind of show you areas where that might be helpful. I want to show you that one. To get into these little areas, lower the brush size quite a bit and zoom right in to get the best cut you can. This is gonna make or break your image. If you have a really bad cut on your photo, it's it's really gonna look pretty pretty bad. So make sure that you get a really nice cut. If you need Teoh, switch to a soft brush in this way, you can come in and kind of give a nice feather on the edges. And it's not like you don't have a harsh edge to your work. Ah, this is usually what I do for most of the, uh, photos that I do just because, like, right here where the black is and it kind of shows where the background is Still I kind of want that to kind of have a little bit of a feather to it. It just net looks more natural. So, like, here on, come in and get all the areas that I want the back room to show through. I kind of like this background better than the original. So, like I said earlier, come in and do your best work on your cutting your background out or whatever. You have to cut out. Um, spend the most time on this part here. Okay, that's pretty good. I would actually come in, and you can see here where I have some black, uh, areas still showing. If I was not doing this for the video and trying to hurry up. I would definitely spend a lot of time cleaning this up. Okay, so but for the sake of time, I'm gonna leave it like it is. And then you can see now that we have our background showing through, which is awesome. Um, when I did earlier, if you have never done this before eyes with a sky I went into hue, saturation, brightness, and I adjusted here. So if you wanted it dark again, I even come right back and adjust that as well. And then you've got you know, where you can change the hue and things like that. So I'm gonna leave it the way I had it. And now what we're gonna do is you can tell the other photo that I did in the beginning, we had a purple color purple pinkish, and that wasn't in the original photos. We want to add that. So what we're gonna dio is we're going Teoh, select the mask to create a new layer. So again, selecting just the mask here on a new layer, grab another soft brush and then whatever color you wanted to add, we'll go in and grab my ingredient. And then brush in some color. So maybe we'll do pink here and then some blue on the outside. Okay, so that's all we have to do next. We want to go into overlay and overly that right onto the mask. If it's too bright, go ahead and lower the opacity. Ah, you can even do some more blending. You can come in and adjust the hue, saturation brightness again. If you wanted to switch up the colors, um, the saturation or the brightness So it's completely up to you, but that is how I did that part of it. All right, so that is it. That's how we got that effect. The next video, we're gonna be working on a watercolor effect, and we're gonna be using the same watercolor paper that we used in the previous video. So if you want to grab that and meet me in the next class, I'll see you there 5. Watercolor effects: in this video, I'm going to show you how to create this watercolor effect. What we need to do is create neither You can create a new canvas, or you could just bring in a full photo. So what I'm gonna do is just import my photo, which is this one here. Next, What we're gonna do is bring in a water color texture. So I'm gonna insert a file search for my water color texture. I will be including this with the class as well. So if you don't have one, make sure to check the class files and grab it so you can use it in your work. Go ahead and re scale this. All right. So now that we have our water color texture and we have our layer our image, we're gonna go ahead and rename these. So I'm gonna put this one is image, and then this one will be just texture. All right, so now we have our texture and our image in here. We're gonna go ahead and apply the mask to the texture layer. What I did when I created the 1st 1 I used all the watercolor brushes that are already in procreate and these work perfectly. Actually, they're great for this project. So I'm gonna go ahead and use these. Make sure that your color is set to black and then start pulling this in here. I have the capacity on my brush low, so it's gonna be very the capacity on the brush as I'm using it is gonna be lowered as well . And the reason I do that is because if I have it all the way up like this, I have more of a harsh that more. That color comes through and I kind of wanted to fade things in and build my opacity as I went. But if you want to start off just like this Ah, that's perfectly fine, because that also looks good on you can see that this brush, which is wet glaze, gives us a nice blend effect almost as if it's running into the paper like real watercolor . Would, um, something go ahead and lower this again because I like to start off with just creating my shape and kind of where what? I want to reveal what I want to hide. Okay, so that looks pretty good There. Next, I'm gonna go up to the great maker Brush. This is also included with your class as well. If you wanted to use this and this here, I'm just kind of adding a little bit more color in. And then I want to go into, like, a light gray, and then I'll go back to my water brushes. And what kind of put in some some splashes here and there, very randomly. And if I don't like them, I can go ahead and just take them out. Let's go ahead and oh, let's make this a little bit darker here. There we go. So I'm just adding them randomly wherever again. If you don't like it, if it's too, it's too dark. So if the color came through too much, go ahead and come back to one of these brushes here goto white and then just kind of blend these out or blend the edges or bring the pixels back toe what you thought was a little bit too dark. So that's all you have to do. If you want to come in and add even more, you can do that. If you feel like you made a mistake and you want to go back. You don't have to actually hit the back button. Just grab black and start blending in or blending away those pixels. So another thing to try when you're doing this, Uh, this effect is to just stamp in places instead of actually doing it this way. Definitely experiment with all of the brushes in procreate or any brushes that you purchased. I know that there's a ton of watercolor brushes out there on I'm sure a lot of them will work perfect for this project. So once you have the desired effect, this took me a little while to do so. It's not like it's a quick ah, quick thing, you know, to Dio Ah, once you have it done, go ahead and save your work. You can export as a J peg whatever you want to do, you can take it further If you want to leave it in the layers and take it into photo shop. You can do that. But anyways, I think it looks great just the way it is. And it looks like ah, watercolor Ah, that you would do in real life cell. Anyway, this is just a quick little rundown of the watercolor effect you can do in procreate. Alright, guys, we're gonna jump right into the next project. And this is where we're gonna use our hand lettering. Eso if you're here, letter A great. If not, you can use any lettering. It doesn't have to be your own eso. It doesn't have to be lettering. It can be a flower, a leave or whatever. This is just the way to get some cool water color effects using masks. Okay, So start off. What we want to do is obviously have her lettering ready on its own layer. We're going to have a background here like I have this green. Um, it's I like to have to, but you can work with one. Um, if you only have one background available, what you can do is duplicate this and then come into your hue saturation and change up the color, and then maybe come in and rotate. So you have a different look altogether. Okay, so if you do with that, you have two different watercolor textures, and then we're gonna have the actual this here. So, uh, this watercolor paper that we imported into the other project you're gonna import that again. All right, So what you're gonna have is your background, your water color texture. This is the extra background that we created, and this is gonna be clipped to our lettering. So right here, I've got my lettering, and I have it in its own group And this right here I have in black and then I haven't white . You can do this in any color. Really? I like the black. Because when I'm done with creating the watercolor effect, it gives me a bleed around the edge on and I kind of like that. If you want to try it out, use black or a really dark color. If not, you want it kind of smooth and kind of faded. Just you can use whatever color it isn't that big of a deal. Okay, So first of what we want to dio is we're gonna work on the actual lettering, so I'm gonna go ahead and I'm going to select my original lettering layer and then to come down and I'm gonna grab this purple clip toe laddering, and I'm gonna go ahead and clip this to the lettering. So now I can either get rid of this layer altogether or just turn it off this layer here that we just created, We're gonna pull it up. We want it on top of all of our other lettering layers. So I go ahead and I'll rename this to watercolor lettering. All right, so after that, after we're done with that, when we're gonna go ahead and select this again and this time we're gonna clip it to our water color texture. So go ahead and select this again. Click on your water color texture had the mask and load that up. So we have this here and again, this is gonna be pulled up to the very top. So what we want to do is rename this to our watercolor letter and texture just like this. And this is the order that this should be in. It should be your lettering. Texture should be at the top. The next one should be the actual texture, the water color. And then then that last one should be original watercolor lettering. All right, so now what we're gonna do is turn all of these back on, and I You're probably not gonna be able to see this very well. Let me turn this off and hopefully you guys can see that a little bit. I know that white really washes out what I'm doing these videos. So I'm trying to keep these is dark. It's possible. So this is the layer now that we're gonna go ahead and and her mask too. So making sure that you have a layer miss selected go ahead and pick black and then come in and grab whatever brush you want to use to brush this in. So I am just randomly pulling color back into this. He's here, and you can see that with the black in the background. I'm getting that. Ah, bleed around that edge, and I I prefer that. But if you don't like that, if I go ahead and turn this white back on, you have a lot more, more of a soft edge to this lettering. But I'm gonna leave the black on and just come in and all right, so I won't spend too much time on this. You guys kind of get the idea. Ah, the more you go over it, obviously, depending on what brush your using. I'm using a pretty soft brush, so I kind of building up the opacity when I'm working with us. The last thing I did was take the water drip and I just kind of randomly placed the's all those splashes here so you can go ahead and do that if you do this and you find that it's a little bit too dark or you don't like the look of it and you just want to kind of touch it up a little bit, go ahead and switch to your white color. Come back to your the brush that you were using before. And you can kind of just soften the edges up here just like this. Otherwise you can leave it the way it is. All right, so now we have our lettering completed. We could move on to the background. Okay, so we're gonna make our big splash in the back. What we want to do is go to our background texture, create a mask, and we're gonna change this up a bit if you remember. In all of the other videos that we discussed, white reveals and black conceals. If we click on this layer mask and do an invert, we're going to see that our layer mask turns of black. This means that the black is concealing everything in this layer. If we come back and we change this again, it's white. Now we're able to see the layer. So what we want to do is we're gonna invert this, making sure that our layer mask shows black and that we're not seeing any of our background . Now we're gonna switch to white, grab whatever brush that we're gonna use to create our background. In my case, I'm using the blatch brush that is in appropriates water folder. I increase the brush size quite a bit. So when I create my water splotch, I don't have to do a lot of re sizing. There were kind of we might be left of some blurriness if we create too small and have to enlarge it. So go ahead, making sure you're on white and that you're on your layer mask and go ahead and create that blotch. So here is the layer below. It's actually showing you that this is showing below, so we have our background set. If you're happy with that, you can be done with us If you want to remove this background. You you can do that. Um, I have the background color turned off, but if you want, you can come in and adjust. This as needed is well, minutes from this off in. Turn this back on. I didn't want to show you one more thing really quick before we move on to the next video. And that is this layer here. We're not stuck with the way it looks. If we want to change this up or make a diff make it a different color, whatever you want to do, we can still make changes to this layer like I'm gonna change the color. So gonna come into hue saturation again. And I'm gonna just come in here and adjust this color. I could also come in and adjust the saturation and the brightness as well. So it's not that adding a layer mask is going to stop you from further editing. You can still go ahead and do that. Just make sure that you are on the actual layer and not the layer mask. So that's it for this one. Um, I hope you enjoyed it. I'll see you in the next class 6. Create a mockup: Hi and welcome back. This is the last video of the course. We're gonna make a mock up. So all of this great artwork that you guys just created we want to mock this up into something that we can display it. So But I've come up with is this is a very simple, just basic frame. Again, this is from on splash dot com So you can look on there if you have any mock ups, even if it's a PSD file, you can still important that into procreate. You just won't have, like, smart objects available things like that. But that's OK, because we're not using anything like that here in this this class anyway, because we're gonna use the mask. All right, so let's start off with a new canvas, and I wouldn't again once more do square, would it go ahead? An insert of photo ops. This is the photo here that I've used, and I just want ahead and, um, increase the size. All right, so now that we have our mock up image ready, we can go ahead and insert our artwork. I'm gonna go ahead and place this watercolor. I'm gonna size it up a little bit right now. I don't want to go too far, but I want to make sure that it fills in the frame size. And then I'm gonna lower the opacity Quite a bit, actually. And I want to make sure that I kind of center this where I wanted to fit. Okay, so that looks really good right there. Now, we're gonna go ahead and mask this layer so really simple. While it's still in the Lord opacity, I'm just gonna grab, um, Let's see here of regular, plain brush. And I'm just using the model line brush right now, and I'm gonna go ahead and start at one side, create a quick line and just like this up, if we make mistakes, that's okay. It's not a big deal. And you see that I did right here. And that's all right. Some make this a little bit smaller. I'll start right. One edge comes straight down line these line this up the best that you can. But if you make a mistake, it's OK because we can easily fix this up. Okay, so I'll raise the rest of these edges here that we want to get rid off. Okay, so now you can see here at the bottom that I made a huge mistake. Um, but because we're on a mask, I could just switch to White, lower my brush size and then come back in. That's a bit too big. We'll start here, so brush that those pixels back in, and if you have to go ahead and lower that brush size even more to get, um, a perfect edge here. Okay. All right. So that looks pretty good. Just go ahead and come in. Make sure that your edges are not kind. They're not falling outside of the frame, because once we go ahead with the blend mode on, you might be able to see that. So just come in and just make sure do a double check come all the way across and I can see in some spots here where it's kind of sitting outside the, uh the frame through the glass. Okay. So once you have it, it's looking good. We're gonna go ahead and put this to multiply or any other blend mode that you want to. And you don't have to do that. It's just something that I felt kind of got a different look to it. But if it's just for original artwork, go ahead and leave it. It normal. So that's it. That's all. You have to dio Ah, once again, once you jump up that opacity like we just did, you might notice spots where maybe it's a little edges are a little bit off. Just come back to your layer mask and fix those up so I can see here I come back to black. I can see where I need to straighten things up. So again, it's up to you. I kind of like using different blend modes to get different looks. Um, if you want to also, you can add a shadow. So let me put this back to normal. Just go above this layer here, make a new one come in with let's say we're gonna add a shadow here. So I'm just drawing a quick line right across the screen here and maybe here and then what I'll do is I'll come in and I'll do a blur. So just add a bit of a blur just like that and then grab another soft brush. Um, I just use my ingredient maker. I'm gonna lower this. And I'm also gonna lower the opacity pretty low. And I'm just going to kind of blend or erase. Here we go. So we're gonna erase the pixels just so it looks like it's not abruptly stopping. And then we've added just a little basic shadow there. So if you need to nudge it also, you can do that. So it's very slight, very subtle, but it looks a little more realistic. Could do that. Wherever you need shadows, you can also add highlights. So the project for this class is to pick any one of the projects that we did in this course and using layer masks. Of course. Go ahead and create your interpretation of the's here so you can do more than one. That's fine assed, long as your understanding layer masks and using them in your work. Ah, they're really fun. I hope you enjoy this class. And I look forward to seeing her projects. Thanks. Bye. Hey, guys, One more quick tip before we finish up. And I met to include this in this class here this last video and I completely forgot. But there is another way to make selection with your mask, and I wanted to point this out to you. Guys knew that you can get a selection. Ah, different way. So let's say we have this image just like we did in the video. We can go ahead and at our mask and then when what we did in the video was, we took our black and we grabbed whatever brush it was, and we outlined this way, which is totally fine. You can do it that way, but there is another way to do it, and it's with a selection tool. So go ahead and grab your select or grab the layer mask, make sure you're on that layer. Then grab your selection tool and come in and carefully draw out the selection that you want. Um, I recommend picking up your pen every so often because if you make a mistake, so let's say I went off like this. If I hit the back button, it's gonna take me back to a little last point that I lifted my pen. So if you don't lift your pen it all on, you mess up like right at the end, you're gonna have to start all over. Okay, so I'm doing this really quick so you guys can see what I'm talking about here was coming across. Okay, so this is my selection. If I go to grab my brush and start brushing, I'm going to delete what I have selected, which is pretty much what it should dio. But if we want the opposite will click out our but our selection button here and then click . This here's is are inverse button. So it's gonna invert our selection is gonna pick up the opposite of what we initially selected. Now, if I grab my brush and come in and delete everything outside of my selection just like this and now we have pretty much what we did and to be getting, uh but you can still come in and you can add it. It it doesn't matter. You can still come in putting things back. Ah, but it's just a different way of making a selection. So if I do that again what say I want Ah, some really off the wall shape. So maybe something like this and I grab my brush. Obviously you can see that tried black that this is going to delete the selection. Just hold your selection button, click the inverse, and then go ahead, grab your brush and start deleting. And you can see now that we have our selection still with pixels, and it still got color. But we deleted the opposite of what we initially selected. So anyway, just a quick tip that I meant to add to the class and completely forgot. So I hope this helps. And I'll see you in the next class. Thanks. Bye.