Take the 2-minute tour ×
Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

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

share|improve this question
@ 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 '14 at 10:33
I've updated my answer to be more specific. –  JKirchartz Nov 12 '14 at 20:32

1 Answer 1

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 the contents of the original layer into the mask channel Ctrl+V)

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.