Perfect Mask Does not Work with layersAnswered
I'm very new to layers and did look for an answer, but was not able to find one to fit my question.
I use On1 PR 2019 as a plug in with Lightroom Classic. I'm practicing with adding a texture to a photo, but don't want to cover up the main subject. After adding a texture, I click on the Perfect Mask and make sure the + sign is on the part of the subject from which I want to remove the texture. I've tried several times with different photos and different textures, but the Perfect Mask doesn't delineate b/t what is the subject and the texture m-- it just acts like a non-Perfect Brush and removes it from areas outside of the subject also. Am I explaining this correctly? What am I doing wrong OR does the PB simply not work in layers the way it does on a "regular" photo when I want clean edges? Thanks
Valerie, you're asking about Layers, but in the description it is not a layers question. If you're masking a texture, it doesn't matter how many layers you have, the texture only works on one layer at a time and you're masking the Texture Filter, not the layer.
So, first make sure you're selecting the proper Filter before masking. If you open the masking options and invert the mask a couple of times you should see the texture go on and off.
Second, check your brush options, obviously opacity and feather, but also color threshold and transition in the Perfect brush options.
The options are described on page 56 of the User Guide.
If you still can't get it to work, post a screenshot of what you're doing to help explain it better.
PS: This assumes you're using the texture filter, if you're doing it manually the method is different.1
I'll check the page you suggested, thanks. No sure what you mean by using the texture filter ...? I'm not adding a texture via Effects. I'm clicking on the + button to add a layer and then choosing one of mine that I have imported.0
See if this helps...
There are many others on Youtube if this doesn't do the trick.
I think it might be easier to import your texture and do it this way...1
Thank you, I'll check these out.0
Maybe I'm not understanding you correctly ... if you're painting on the texture layer there's no edge available with which the perfect brush to work.
When I add a layer intended to be a texture I place the texture layer underneath the image layer; then I work on my image layer masking out (the minus sign) where I want the texture to appear.1
Oh.My.Goodness. Peter, your answer was so simple, I did it and this worked. I'm embarrassed that I just didn't "get it" even after watching a few vids. Uhh duh. :-(
But thanks! Now that I can do one layered texture, I can try adding another.0
Ooops. Spoke too soon. Now that I've added another texture, I'm getting all confused as to which of the layers I'm working on, and when I should have the little circle clicked on or off for which layer and when. Ahhh well, I'll try to muddle through this. I just need to find a 5 minute tutorial on working with multiple layers/textures, when to click on what, if I need to continually move the layer order around in order to work on them. And if I need to merge layers and then click "done". Sigh, I'm probably making this way more complicated that it needs to be.0
Yes, it doesn't need to be that difficult. You can label your layers if it will help you keep track. Just double click the header and give it a name.
You'll need to turn off the upper layer to see the layer below it, but you can also reduce the opacity of the upper layer to see through it. Just make sure the correct layer is selected before reducing opacity because that one slider will control whichever layer is selected at the time.
The most important thing to check is that the correct layer is selected before adjusting or masking it.0
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