I’m working on an artwork I did by hand for an invitation, cleaning it up in Photoshop…
When I finish editing, should I apply the layer mask on the layer I’ve been working on before closing it?
(I’m going to use it afterwards in illustrator…)
Unless you’re having storage space issues, or it’s not displaying properly in Illustrator, you should always try to leave your layer masks intact.
Look at it from a “non destructive editing” perspective. When you apply the layer mask, you’re destroying information you may not be able to get back, or may have to redo something you already did.