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Layer Mask and Clipping Mask Question???

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I managed to accomplish this in Photoshop a few months ago and I'm stumped trying to reproduce the steps.  Basically I have a photo that I want to lighten just the face.  I had found some steps on the web to accomplish this by using a clipping mask to grab just the skin and apply brightness, curves and or levels adjustment layers.  The link to the article is no longer available on the web.

All I need to do is duplicate the background layer then using the knife tool make a path that only includes the face.  I can get to this point.  What I'm having a problem with is once the path has been selected ... I needs the steps to make that selection a clipping mask so I can play with various adjustment layers on just the face.  

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks,

Eric
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by:Dan Craciun
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Just press CTRL+J (COMMAND+J on a Mac) after you have your selection.

This (Layer via copy) will create a new layer with only the selected part, on top of your background layer.

After that, apply whatever you want to it.

HTH,
Dan
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by:Eric Sherman
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The problem is ... any adjustment layers you apply affects the entire background image not just the face that I copied to the new layer.

I think that's where the clipping mask came into play with the previous steps that I cannot find.

ET
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If you created an adjustment layer, Alt(Option) click on the line between the adjustment layer and the layer beneath it.
This will create your clipping mask and set it to affect only the layer directly beneath it.
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by:Eric Sherman
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Thanks .... That's what I was trying to do but going through the steps of creating a layer mask first then creating a clipping mask just did not work for me.  This approach seems to be a bit more straightforward and direct.

I appreciate your help.

ET
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Thanks!!!!
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Glad I could help!
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