Howdy! Short-time lurker, first-time poster…
I’m not heavy into image editing as a general rule. I primarily use Acorn as a more “layer-capable” editor than the venerable GraphicConverter, but even then, I consider myself a novice.
I have a project this weekend that looks like it will entail me taking 16-20 images (rasterized from a multi-page PDF), getting them to be the correct size & crop, AND erasing a lot of extraneous information from each image. The nice part is that much of the extraneous image information is the same from image to image.
My thinking is to create a layer (or a quick mask, or a layer mask) on the first image in order to erase the common extraneous information, then apply that same carefully-crafted “erasure layer” to all of the other images, leaving me just a little touch-up on most of the images.
What’s the best ‘layer style’ to do this with? Create a new simple layer and draw on the new layer in white to “erase” the background image? Or should I use one of the other special masking layer types? To be honest, I don’t understand the pros & cons of all the masking options available.
How do I then export/copy/paste the resulting “erasure layer” to my other images? It doesn’t look like the “Smart Layer Export” is the tool I’m looking for.
All suggestions appreciated!