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Seeking advice about how to distress edges of a blended surface layer in Mixer




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    Hello msjphotography,

    Thanks for taking the time to reach out to us. There are a few different ways that you can go about adjusting the "fall off" of specific layers within Mixer. The most straightforward would be to utilize the radius and threshold slider of a particular layer, in this case, snow.


    Alternatively, for layers that do not have painted displacement, you can add a mask stack, add a position gradient (most commonly set to "Above" and "Mesh & underlying Mix), and then adjust the range sliders to better control the mask on the specified layer. 


    As seen in the examples shown, creating one layer of snow and adjusting using the threshold and radius will allow you to achieve a softer gradient look, while the second method of using a position gradient allows you to focus on areas in which you might want more accumulation, such as peaks and crevices, so I suggest using both!

    I hope this helps!

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  • msjphotography

    Thanks so much for your response, Ian!  I watched both tutorials that you kindly created, but am still wondering if there is any way to distress the edges as if thousands of tiny pine needles are poking at the edge of the snow layer mask?  I know how to add a pine needle mask to a Mask Stack, but I can't figure out if there is a way to isolate the distress from the needles to only the edges of the existing snow mask without affecting the entirety of the snow mask.  Does this question make sense?

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