Mask Layers in Manga Studio

Mask Layers in Manga Studio

There are times when deleting a part of our drawing is necessary but we wish to keep the image as it is. Layer Masks are great for this purpose, because they hide the unnecessary pixels without actually deleting them. Learn all about them!

The following text is a transcript from the video above. You can go ahead and watch it. It will be easier to understand and it will take only a few minutes of your time. But if you are old school and prefer to do all the reading, feel free to do so!

 

Mask Layers

To create a mask we will select the layer that holds the drawing we wish to delete, and we will click the third icon from the right. This button will create a layer that is linked to our current layer. This way, when we move or hide our layer the mask layer will move and hide with it.

Creating a new Layer Mask in Manga Studio

Creating a new Layer Mask in Manga Studio

Once we have the mask layer created, we must select it to be able to safely erase any parts of our document, without actually deleting them. When we are done erasing, we will see that the Mask Layer has now a black painted area.

After using the Eraser, you will see the mask's miniature

After using the Eraser, you will see the mask’s miniature

This is the way Mask Layers work. We can think of them as an invisibility cloak. The mask’s white pixels will let us see through, but the black pixels will make everything under them disappear.

How Layer Masks work in Manga Studio

How Layer Masks work in Manga Studio

We must be very careful to select the Mask Layers before we start deleting, because if we forget, we will be actually deleting the real pixels of the image instead of masking them. We can activate the Show Mask Area button to see a blue representation of the mask. Masks also work with transparency, so if we lower the brush density, the color of the mask we draw will be weaker.

Activating the Mask Visibility you can see it in the canvas

Activating the Mask Visibility you can see it in the canvas

To delete a mask, we can use any painting tool from the tool panel with exception of the eraser.

As long as the mask remains linked to the layer it will inherit any transformations we make such as scale, cut and paste, etc. If we un-check the link, the transformations will not affect the mask any more.

If the mask is un-linked, the transformations won't affect it

If the mask is un-linked, the transformations won’t affect it

If we wish to delete the pixels in the layer forever we can apply the mask by clicking here. This will remove the mask and permanently delete the pixels from the layer.

To remove a mask layer without applying it, we can either unable it from the mask’s option drop menu, or we can drag it to the Trashcan.

You can apply a layer mask, disable it or delete it

You can apply a layer mask, disable it or delete it

And that’s all! You are ready to rock those illustrations!

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Sayuri
Sayuri
murasaki@sama-sama-studio.com

I am an illustrator and a comic artist. I like to do character designs and play the harp.

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