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
LVL 6
jeffiepooAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

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.
 
How to use texture effects
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
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.

Layer mask information
regards,
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Adobe Creative Suite CS

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.