New Options To Create Layer Mask in Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop CS6 have so many huge but also small improvements which I am discovering almost every day. One of this improvement is option to create layer mask directly on Background layer. If you haven't realize, Add a mask button is active even with Background layer when you have active or loaded selection. This mean that Photoshop will automatically convert Background layer to normal and ad layer mask to it.
Just quick reminder that you can use same feature from Refine Edge dialog. The trick is to choose Layer Mask from Output To: drop-down list. If you have Background layer selected choose this option and result will be normal layer with layer mask.
|Ad layer mask directly to Background layer from refine Edge dialog|
Another improvement in CS6 is option to create mask from Paths panel. In case you have path or work path in your document, you can load it as selection (Load path as selection button) then to create layer mask directly on Background layer by clicking Ad a mask button.
|Ad layer mask from Paths panel|
Photoshop Help / Adding layer masks
Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS6