What is masking in Procreate?
What do clipping masks, layer masks, and alpha masks do in Procreate? Masking is the act of disguising or concealing. In Procreate, we use masking in order to cover or conceal a part of our image.
We can think of masking in Procreate like masking tape. If you are painting a blank canvas, and you cover part of that canvas with masking tape before painting, a blank canvas will be revealed again when you pull off the masking tape.
Masking in Procreate is a non-destructive way to conceal or cover a part of your image.
Non-destructive means you can easily reverse and edit your changes at any time.
For example, if you draw a Bob Ross inspired forest illustration and you want to get rid of a part of it, you might have erased it in the past. This is a destructive way of getting rid of that part because you'd have to draw it back in if you changed your mind.
Masking allows you to hide that part of the image. It is non-destructive because you can easily unmask it and bring it back to the original.
Three Ways to Apply PROCREATE MASKS
There are three ways to apply masks in Procreate (each with its benefits and drawbacks):
Which method you choose is dependent upon your goals. We will go over each method and give you guidelines for determining which method is right for you in any given situation.
The brushes we will be using can be found in our DupliTone Halftone brushes.