This morning when I was thinking about Touch Up Tuesday I thought I would attempt my first layer mask.
First, I tried to minimize my shadow in the foreground. (I knew it was there and don't know why I didn't do anything about it when I shot the picture. Maybe I was wanting to make more editing for myself!) I did this using the clone and also the dodge tool. I adjusted the contrast and brightness a bit, added some textures and then used the layer mask I found via Shadowhouse Creations. (Love that place.)
This is what I ended up with. I think I like using layer masks...although I still want to work with them a bit more to understand all these new buttons and options I am using for the first time. So many possibilities!