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I have a layer in Photoshop that I'd like to use as a layer mask, is this at all possible?

It's a black & white layer with some gradients that I would like to apply to another layer that's a solid color, but I can't figure out how to just edit a layer mask to copy and paste the image in.

P.S. I have Adobe CS5

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@ JKirchartz Can you be more specific? 1. How do I copy the layer? Did you mean duplicate it or something else? 3. Where is the mask channel I shoudl paste to? Thanks –  Thomas Miller Nov 12 at 10:33
    
I've updated my answer to be more specific. –  JKirchartz Nov 12 at 20:32

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Layer masks are located under the channels tab.

  1. Copy the contents of your layer by selecting it then pressing Ctrl+A to select all followed by Ctrl+C to copy.

  2. Select the layer that you want to mask and create a new mask by clicking the "add layer mask" icon at the bottom of the layers panel.

  3. Go to channels tab (at the top of the layers panel), and select the mask channel, it should be named <layername> Mask. Make sure the contents of the mask are selected (Ctrl+A), and paste them into the mask channel Ctrl+V)

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