Quick: How would you draw that glyph on the left? How about that icon on the right? Tons of masks? Well then I've got news for you!
This is a technique that I first found when working on some of those monochrome OS X sidebar icons but it's just as useful for flat iOS 7 glyphs. Basically it's a much easier way to create transparent icons with various effects and intersecting elements than having to mask out all see-through areas (such as the gap around the +).
See the attached How-To for an overview of the process and of course dig into the example PSDs to see how it actually behaves (move stuff around, change styles, etc). I think it's incredibly handy and flexible.
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