Tips & Tricks to Master Masks In Photoshop | Dave Cross
TIP 3. VIEW THE MASK
Sometimes it can be helpful to view the mask itself rather than the effect of the mask. To view the contents of the mask, hold down Option/Alt and click on the mask thumbnail. By doing so you may spot areas that you didn’t realize you’d missed. This also allows you to paste directly onto the mask, which can be useful for creating special effects, texture overlays, etc. To view the layer with the effects of the mask, click on the layer thumbnail.
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