How does a layer mask work?
Layer masks work their magic through a process of revealing, or concealing a layer. At first this may seem
confusing — but it’s actually quite simple once you see it in action. Here are some starting concepts:
Like in Photoshop, your starting image in Luminar is called ‘Layer 0’. And just like in Photoshop — you can also add more layers on top, and edit them each separately.
Think of it like a deck of stacked cards — each card represents a new layer. You can make each one look completely different using Luminar’s presets and filters.
Adding a mask to a layer simply enables you to create different areas of transparency. This allows you to reveal parts of the layer below, and it’s different editing effects.
Think of it like tool that can create eye-holes in a mask, to reveal the person underneath. You can even use a mask on ‘Layer 0’ without adding more layers. This will allow you to simply reveal parts of the original picture, before your editing changes.