Texturing Basics

Introduction

This tutorial will show you how to use textures to dramatically change the look of pictures in a few easy steps. This is only a variant of how you can achieve that, the key is (like everyone says) to keep experimenting. Textures are very important is photographic manipulations, and used properly can create great effects.
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Image Mask Layers

I decided to make a tutorial on mask layers because I think it’s the best way to crop elements out of an image and also because I noticed that a lot of even skilled manipulators seem not to use them despite of the obvious advantages. As I will show you later, the greatest advantage of mask layers is the fact that you can always go back and repair a certain selection, so there is no permanent “damage” to the picture. Enough talk, let’s get to work :).
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