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    I just did a quick search and an old post said something about Ctrl-H hiding the selection - but that was an old blog post.

    the other way to work is to use the quick mask I seem to remember Ctrl-J controlling mask options once it was active (strange what you recall ), but haven't used CP for many years
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       #32

    @ Mike try CTRL-D .. no promises :)
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       #33

    Steph, I think Ctrl-D deselects the current selection - same as Photoshop :)
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    I thought that what Mike wanted to do ?
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    Thanks
    Masks are another thing that comes up allot on some effects that need to be applied first to use but I really don't understand very much what or how to apply them yet :/
    Lacking allot of research in cp obviously,
    CD is going pretty good on the upside of things,
    But without paint allot of effects are lacking on projects besides what is available without a mask...
    Cheers.
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    ThrashZone said:
    Thanks
    Masks are another thing that comes up allot on some effects that need to be applied first to use but I really don't understand very much what or how to apply them yet :/
    Lacking allot of research in cp obviously,
    CD is going pretty good on the upside of things,
    But without paint allot of effects are lacking on projects besides what is available without a mask...
    Cheers.

    I find I can get the desired effect I want by using up to three graphics programs, its not often I make something in one application :)
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       #37

    The mask as a concept is pretty standard faire across bitmap editors, the implementation may be different but the basic usage is the same.

    To use an analogy think of it as respraying a car or something similar - you apply masking tape to those areas you don't want the paint to land on - Masks in software are digital masking tape


    You can normally change the display colour of the mask, so that it does not clash with your work image - but it is normally applied using the black and white brush tools Black blocks the effect , white allows it to apply. Where it gets interesting is the fact that you can actually paint using grey shades, or paint using a feathered or soft brush, - 50% grey allows 50% of the effect to apply etc

    I often use a layer mask on the top layer of a two layer composite, rather than a selection and cut as you can always go back and edit the effect by adding more black or white paint to the mask, it gives a non destructive workflow which is the way I like to work
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    I hate to use other programs I know there's a way to accomplish it in one,
    But gimp does come in handy when I get frustrated in corel

    Yes the mask color is distracting but applying it is the challenge I'm facing now,
    Nice description Nigel I didn't know you could use grey not allot I've found on cp usage,
    Like most programs there's a learning curve cp is just another curve but it seems steep at this point,

    One of the good things about cc6 or photoshop in general was there's a ton of tutorials available,
    cp not so much
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    It's at the stage now that Photoshop experience is a saleable commodity on Resumes (CVs),
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    I believe that I just had to make a decision on programs and I was really liking vectors in Inkscape but it lacked a bunch of options,
    I probably could of/ should of kept cc6 but it was like a distraction and although pretty cheap I'm really trying to give corel my full attention and I just decided to bail on it the way updates were going and it was just unpredictable which possibly another stick of ram might of cured the issues I was having ?
    Uninstall and reinstalling cc6 was becoming very boring :)
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