Layer Mask in Photoshop

Hey experts,

Easy photoshop question (I hope).

I'm following this tutorial: http://www.devwebpro.com/grungy-metal-texture/2/

Page 2 where it says "Then add in some intense grunge brushing in the layer mask."

I am lost there. I have downloaded all of the ABR files for the grunge brushing, and have opened them in photoshop but I can't seem to get the layer mask thing to work. I have made a layer mask for the shape, and I use the brush tool on the shape, but nothing happens. I.E. - nothing of a brush pattern is removed from the shape.

I think I'm missing something, please help.

-Jeff
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jeffiepooAsked:
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MereteCommented:
Just make sure the proper layer is selected in the Layers palette. you can mask any layer other than "Background"
I just googled this guide for you to illustrate hopefully the images help
This tutorial is an example of how a few simple techniques can be used to create basics photo illustration using multiple layers, masking, the Pen tool, some basic lighting and one simple texture.
 
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PixelstreamersCommented:
Hi Jeff,

when you create a new layer mask, make sure you select it in your layers panel ( F7 ) before you start brushing on it. If you look at the example in the image, you can see the top layer is having a layer mask, just select it as usual ( the right part is the mask ) and start painting away.

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