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Layer Masks and Clipping are powerful Photoshop tools and are the bedrock of many of the tutorials that follow. This quick primer will give you a great overview of the techniques.
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Get the lowdown on layer masks and clipping masks - what each does, why, and when you might want to use each.
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Layer masks and clipping masks are powerful Photoshop tools and are the bedrock of many of the tutorials that follow. This quick primer will give you a great overview of the techniques.
Using layer masks:
- Position image over text
- Holding down the Command or Control Key, click on the layer that you want to use as a mask (in this case, the Text): this will create a selection from the text.
- Then click on the ‘Add Layer Mask’ button at the bottom of the Layers panel
To change the position of the mask and revelled image
- In the Layers panel, unclick the 'Chain Link' icon between the image and the mask.
- Make position adjustments
- Click chain back on after adjustments
Advantages of using layer masks
- The source of the mask no longer affects the mask
- You can paint on the layer mask directly to add or remove parts of the image
Using clipping masks:
- Position image over text (it has to be directly above)
- Right click on Image and choose ‘Create Clipping Mask’
- This will use the layer below to reveal the image
Advantage of using clipping masks
- Position adjustments are interdependent.
To continue to use effect on the clipping source:
- Go into the text layer styles' Blending Options, turn off ‘Blend Clipped Layers as Group’, Turn On ‘Blend Interior Effects As Group’
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