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G R A PH I C S - PR O.C O M 2 0 2 2 A P R I L G R A P H I C S P R O 3 3 When you add a mask, a thumbnail ap- pears in the layers panel next to the thumb- nail that shows the layer contents. (Fig. 5) If the layer thumbnail is highlighted rather than the mask, painting black will simply add black pixels onto the image. If the Layer Mask thumbnail is selected painting with black conceals and painting with white reveals the content. COMPOSITING Now you've isolated the separate elements onto individual layers, you can composite them into a single composition. Use the Move Tool to position and trans- form the dierent elements into a compos- ite. Select the tool and check Auto-Select Layer in the Tool Options. With this op- tion selected, clicking on an element in the Image window will automatically select the layer. Check Show Transform Controls for a bounding box that gives you quick access to transforming options. ere are a few ways to copy dierent images into one document. Drag them across the image windows with the Move Tool. Other options are to use File > Place Embedded, or simply to copy and paste. TRANSFORMING ELEMENTS As you position all the dierent parts, you'll transform them to rotate and resize Layer content. Right-click while trans- forming to choose additional transfor- mation options such as warp, skew, and perspective. While resizing, the original image maintains its proportions. To trans- form its proportions, press the Shift key while dragging. SMART OBJECTS A note about resizing: when you make a pixel layer smaller you actually eliminate Fig. 5: When you add a mask, a thumb- nail appears in the Layers Pan- el next to the thumbnail that shows the lay- er's contents.

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