with layer masks
Take the rings
and make them overlap.
Make text and objects weave together.
- Open file rings.psd, High school\Shared \Graphics \Lessons \LayerMasks \rings.psd.
You can also just create the file by creating circles of a single color in
their own individual layers. This file has 5 layers for the 5 color rings.
One ring per layer. Note: you cannot do this assignment with the jpg file on
this web page. You need the rings in separate layers and a jpg does not have
- What ring is on top? What ring is on the bottom?
- What if I wanted the rings inter-locking?
- Layer masks can do it
- Make sure you see your layers palette.
- Go to the black layer, or the top layer.
- Layer--Add layer mask--reveal all.
- Notice how the layer palette changes
- The left box is the layer image
- The right box is the mask which is linked to the layer.
- Also notice where the active box lies. If I click on the mask
area, I will work in the mask. To get back to working on the layer,
click back on the layer image.
- Choose a black brush (Black hides, white shows, just like in a regular
- Hide one part of the black over the green ring. Work so that it looks
right, not too much hiding.
- Hide one loop of the black for the other color rings. The black ring
should be then linked with the others.
- Put a layer mask on the blue layer.
- Hide the parts of the blue layer to get the blue ring to link with the
- Continue with the rest of the rings.
- Do you need a layer mask on the Red (bottom) layer?
Other things to do with overlapping objects
For this image, I just created a layer with the text and a layer with the
arrows. (I created the arrows myself in about 2 minutes. Hint: think Bevel and
Emboss.) Using the techniques outlined above, I then used layer masks to hide
parts of the text layer to make the arrows weave in and out of the text.
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