How can I look at the mask to see missed areas on people, etc.?

I have created a new adjustment layer ->Curves&
to darken the background. To paint on the background I have inversed the selection Ctrl+I (Layer mask become black) and started painting with white. How can I look at the mask to see missed areas on people, etc.?
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statler01Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Ok, I get it now. Double click the curves part of your adjustment layer to bring up the curves dialog, and drag the top right corner of your curve down to overly darken the masked part of the image. Bring it back up when your done.

I notice your graphic is of a levels adjustment layer. You can do pretty much the same thing here...

The attached graphics should help.
If it's a layer mask, I make a bright green layer and place it under the layer containing the mask. It's very easy to see what has and hasn't been masked. Turn your bright green layer off or on as needed.

If it's just a selection, click the icon for "edit it quickmask mode". See the attached image.
nice4diceAuthor Commented:
It is not a selection - CS 4 has just one button and it just enters Quick Mask mode
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