Many actions in the Totally Rad family require you to play with layer masks. The most effective way to do that is with the brush tool, however, the brush tool has a staggering array of options. When you’re using the TRAs, you should keep it simple. Set your brush up with the following parameters, and if things don’t seem to be working, double-check to make sure your brush is set up properly.
- “Normal” mode
- 100% Opacity
- 10-50% flow (personal taste – up to you!)
- Soft edges (use shift + the bracket keys [ ] to adjust brush softness)
- White foreground color to increase an action’s effect, black to reduce it.
It should look something like this: