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Thu, Nov 19, 2015 3:46 PM

Photoshop: Can I save a blend-if mask?

I use blend-if masks and can see the results but would like to be able to see the actual mask in a typical grayscale mask fashion and save the mask/selection in the alpha channel (or elsewhere is OK).
I have not found a way to do so. Is there a tool or method?
If not, I'd like to suggest Adobe add this capability as it should be fairly easy to implement in code.

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5 years ago

There isn't a one click command that I can think of, but there are some manual steps you can do:

1) Duplicate the layer with the Blend If
2) Create a new empty layer under the duplicated layer with the Blend If
3) Merge the empty layer and the layer with the Blend If
4) Select the layer you want the mask to go to
5) Drag the resulting layer from Step 3 to the new layer mask.

Of course you could create an action or script to do it in one click.

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Thanks! Just before I saw this, I got it working with the help of http://youtu.be/Lay5wC8F6sQ
Seems this only works for This Layer. I can't totally nail his instructions for Underlying Layer. Is that also easy for you to whip up in a clearer way? :-)
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"For Underlying Layer, you need to make a new white layer, and apply same underlying [Blend If] slider option to it. Then hide the original layer on which you applied Blend If. Merge everything together with Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E and then you will have a white layer that you can see the layer beneath through. Then go to the channels tab, Ctrl+click on RGB channel, then apply that selection as a layer mask (same as in this tutorial)."

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Hey Jeffrey, I have tried your solution multiple times and I don't know if I am simply not doing it correctly, or if it is not working for my purposes, but I have not been able to get the results I want with these instructions. The results of Merging the empty layer with the blend if layer are not the expected results and they do not work as a mask, so pasting that into the layer mask  in steps 4 and 5 does not work for my desired result. Please assist me if you can, I have been trying to figure out if I could do this for a really long time now





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Nina, i think that only works when the blind-if sliders are using This Layer, not Underlying Layer.

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Jeff, is there a feature i'm not aware of which allows for dragging a layer onto a mask?

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Is there a way to save it with the underlying layer, then? I tried Robben's method but I don't think it particularly worked for me

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just reverse the layer order and the blend-if sliders.

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Eartho, I am not exactly sure what you mean by that. Merging with an empty layer, whether on top or on bottom, still gives the same result. Could I get more clear steps please?

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Eartho, I am not exactly sure what you mean by that. Merging with an empty layer, whether on top or on bottom, still gives the same result. Could I get more clear steps please?

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Nina, just put the face layer on top and use the blend-if to remove shadows, then follow Jeff's directions. You can also read about luminosity masks and go that route to achieve the same results.

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Nina, just put the face layer on top and use the blend-if to remove shadows, then follow Jeff's directions. You can also read about luminosity masks and go that route to achieve the same results.

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5 years ago

Thanks, I'll give it a try.

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5 years ago

Works like a charm. I proof tested masked view vs. blend-if view in diff mnode and exactly the same.
Now off to create a .atn

Only change I made for my purposes...in step 5 rather than drag, ctrl+LMB click and save mask to channel for future uses.

Thanks so much for such a simple solution. I hope others see this for their own uses. I shared with 2 other forums but not within Ps general.

Doug

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5 years ago

Cool. Usually, if there's a will, there's a way with Photoshop.

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4 years ago

JT, Your reply was great and I have .atn and use it when needed.

Now I have a similar question and hope you have the answer for this:

If I use a Hue-Sat adj layer and make a color selection range and adjust the range and fall-off (which I can see on screen to get it as desired, and apply), can I somehow create a layer mask of the area affected? How would I do so?

This would be a different way to make a mask, based on color selection.

Or perhaps a different tool could create the same mask (color selection) as done with Hue-Sat tool? How could I do that?

End goal is to have another, optional, choice for color selection to make a mask to use in another layer correction. Often the color selection tool or a mask based on color/luminosity is inadequate but the Hue-Sat tool is excellent, but it does not seem to create a mask that could be used elsewhere.

Make sense?

Doug

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Yes, this feature would be greatly appreciated. In a perfect world, every adjustment type in Ps would have a Generate Matte/Mask button to accomplish this. 

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Doug, i've been regularly requesting this feature for more than a decade... hopefully some day!

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a year ago

I now have 3 different Ps plugins that will do selections based on color, and make masks: Lumenzia, ADP pro, Curvemeister. And there are a few more available. These are all better alternatives to Ps method/tool for selections based on color.

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10 months ago

You can vote for a native/easy way to generate Blend If Masks here: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/blend-if-suggestion

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