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[Part 3 of 5]

box check the Retain Alpha checkbox and click in the image to place the layer. (For more information about reference layers, see "Using Reference Layers" on page 144 in Chapter 5.)

Selecting the layer mask in the Masks section of the Objects palette
5 Putting the masks to work. To view the mask on a layer, select the layer in the Layers section, and in the Masks section open the layer mask's eye icon. To switch back to Color View, shut the layer mask's eye icon.

6 Positioning the layer and painting on its mask. First scale, rotate and position one layer on top of another and make sure that the top layer is selected in the

Using the Digital Airbrush variant to erase the portion of the cloud layers' mask that covers the TV

Compositing the clouds inside the glasses

Revealing the cloud layer around the tree
Layers section. Now, fit the top element inside the element below it by using a brush to erase a portion of the top layer's mask, as follows: Begin by selecting the layer name in the Layers section, then click on the layer mask's name in the Masks section. Choose the Digital Airbrush variant of Airbrushes and choose white in the Colors section of the Art Materials palette. Begin painting around the edge of the top layer to erase part of its mask, making it appear "inside" of the layer beneath it. Paint with black to restore the mask.
     When you've completed all compositing, turn off visibility for the template layer in your file by selecting its name in the Layers section and shutting its eye icon. Then make a copy of your image with the layers merged with the background by choosing File, Clone. This step gives you a lot of flexibility-you have an "original" with layers intact, and a "working image" (the clone) on which you can paint and make other adjustments.

Using Adjust Colors to increase saturation in the image

7 Shifting colors. To make the image "pop" a bit more, Dismukes increased the color saturation. Choose Effects, Tonal Control, Adjust Colors, and experiment with the Hue Shift, Saturation and Value sliders to modify the colors in your image.

8 Painting on the photo montage. To transform the television into a lively caricature in vivid color, Dismukes first used the Digital Airbrush variant to add details such as glare

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