Photoshop layer mask is a very crucial service in the arena of image manipulation. The aim behind this service is the wish to reveal or hide some parts of layer applying the mask. A layer mask is, actually, used to manage the transparency of a layer. Layer masks, however, are resolution based bitmap images which are manipulated with the painting or selection tools. It gives much flexibility in handling layers and its opacity. The white layer mask makes the layer visible whereas the black makes it completely hide. Many advantages of the layer mask technique makes it so much useful to various types of image manipulation services. Using this technique, the designer can hide and show any layer according to the necessity of the project. It gives a scope to make a collage with different images placing one after another skillfully. To control opacity of the layers, layer mask option can be used nicely in a non-destructive way. For layer masking, eraser tool can be used but it destroys the pixel which cannot be retained. It is lost forever but the layer mask doesn’t ruin the pixel, it just hides and whenever it needs can be got back again. Besides the layer mask provides the designers editing facilities any moment during image manipulation. They can reduce the adjustment effect by changing opacity.
Layer mask helps the graphic designers to flourish skill in other services like image retouching, photography post production, image masking, creative image manipulation, ghost mannequin etc. These services often demand layer masking more or less as the client needs.