Using Vector Shape as Layer Mask in Photoshop

If you’ve ever wanted to use a vector shape to mask any of your layers in Photoshop, look no further! It’s incredibly easy and quite useful. The video is pretty self-explanatory, but here are text instructions regardless: Select the layer you wish to mask Hold down ctrl (command on Mac, probably), left-click and hold on the shape, and drag it … Read More

Eliminate Banding in Gradient Layer Masks – Photoshop

Starry skies with cars driving by

This one had me stumped for quite a while. Whenever I used gradients in my layer mask for an image later, I would end up with really obvious banding, which really just ruined the photo in my case. Even with dithering enabled and using 16-bit color mode as all the identical online “solutions” suggested, I was still getting the banding … Read More