As promised, here it is, a better way to conceptualize masks in Substance Painter. This video is a response to Allegorithmic’s youtube tutor’s perplexing insistence that a black mask is transparent.
If you want the abridged version of the video response, here it is: A black mask isn’t transparent. Black is the color of night and blindness and not seeing and so nobody would ever equate black with transparent. And it’s not. It’s opaque. A black mask covers and obscures everything in its layer. Now, if everything in its fill layer is obscured, the upshot is that the layer beneath it is revealed. Revealing one thing by obscuring another is not the same as the obfuscation being transparent. To sum up, black blocks its layer revealing the layer beneath. White does the opposite.
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