Photoshop Mask Help

Okay, I feel like I’m missing something obvious on this, but I’m stuck and need a little help.

The goal is to put a mask on the layer with the stock photo to mask out the darker portion of the sky so that it will fade into the solid blue color. But the mask is not totally opaque even though all the opacity settings on the brush and mask appear to be set correctly. The stock image is still showing faintly. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


based on your screenshot in the top right where your color palette is it appears that your black is not a solid 100% black.


Thank you!!!


Not a problem.