Here’s a technique from Corey for creating an interesting effect by using an alpha channel from one image, bringing it over to another image and creating a layer mask from that selection. Check it out and follow along.



  1. Alphoenix 23 April, 2008 at 15:15 Reply

    Awesome tutorial, really handy , and just open my mind even more , WONDERFUL WAY OF EXPLAINING, GOD BLESS YOU, THANKYOU FOR HELPING PEOPLE.

  2. Sketch 4 July, 2008 at 14:36 Reply

    Thanks for the AWSOME explanation. Every small detail is carefully explained with tips on a few shortcuts. Keep up the great tutorials please!

  3. ianmcu 14 July, 2008 at 05:26 Reply

    Thank you SO much for this tutorial! I have been surfing for hours, looking for a better alpha layer tutorial, and this is it! Thank you!

  4. John 15 July, 2008 at 14:53 Reply

    Hi Corey, must say my initial reaction to this tutorial was one of total annoyance, WHY, OH WHY, had I not found this sooner! You explain every move simply, and without any fuss or technical jargon. I found this brilliant, and will be tuning in for more tutorials in future.


  5. mars 31 July, 2008 at 07:20 Reply

    i really like this tutorial.
    its simple and easy to learn
    and i really thank for this tutorial…
    i’ve been trying to find this tutorial for days and at last i finally found it ^_^

  6. Lubdha 31 July, 2008 at 08:18 Reply

    Hey thanx for this awesome tutorial !!!!…I never did understand alpha channels and how to use them, but this tutorial explains eveything very precisely…!!!!!! Thanku once again πŸ™‚

  7. Dexter 18 July, 2009 at 11:39 Reply

    Hi Corey,
    I love your tutorials. Thanks once again for this one. You inspired me to think outside the box.


  8. Vani 7 March, 2010 at 19:43 Reply

    really need this! thank you, i’ve been looking for creating complex alpha channels. the production boys will be very thankful for this. awesome!

  9. ghammers 15 May, 2010 at 23:16 Reply

    Dear Corey,
    I keep going back to your tutorials, as they are the clearest I have come across, thank you in earnest.

    Corey how do you manage to produce such meanigfull content, seemingly for free, and still make a living out of it.

    Yours Sincerely

    George Hammerstein

  10. Robin 9 February, 2011 at 18:26 Reply

    Thank you! This video tutorial is great! I am a Graphic Arts Instructor and I use your site all the time! This correlates with my lessons on “masking” this week. Do you have the step by step written directions for this particular tutorial?

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