Photoshop mini lesson: How to use a layer mask!

Real-world working knowledge of Photoshop

Kersavage family portrait

As a professional photographer I am often hired to photograph many different kinds of subjects. Group portraits, or family portraits, are very common types of photographic work I do. Sometimes, after making lots of pictures, someone is blinking in the best overall picture.

So what do you do if you need to present the perfect family or group portrait to your client but one or more people are blinking?

Use Photoshop to combine two photos into one!

In today’s class you will learn the use of a simple layer mask technique. Using Photoshop you can combine one part of a photograph into another part to capture the perfect family portrait in post production. This is an acceptable use of Photoshop in the comercial and advertising world.