I'm using PS 8/CS1. Here's the problem 1. I create a mask from the layers palette and cut out the background from the image 2. I apply the outer glow to the mask and use precise, however, the glow seems to be applied to the whole image even though I have created a mask. I have been using this technique for years and it let's me see if I have any stray pixels I need to eliminate. This also happens if I choose the stroke effect. It's as though my layer masks are screwed up and not working. I don't understand why it is doing this. It IS driving me crazy. If anyone thinks I should upload some examples of my work, I would be more than happy to such as one I'm having trouble with and one that has worked in the past. I hope that you can help me with this problem. I would definitely appreciate any help I could receive.