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Photoshop Quickies #5: How to Use the Clipping Mask in Photoshop

A clipping mask is a group of layers to which a mask is applied. The base layer defines the visible boundaries of the entire group.

Step 1: For this exercise, we are going to be using a text called ‘clip it’ as the base layer, and a landscape image in the layer above.


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Step 2: First, get hold of your Text Tool and type the word ‘clip it’. At the same time, right-click on the text from the Layer Dialog Box and click on Rasterize Type as shown below:

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Step 3: Import the landscape image and place it above the text which invariably means that the layer for the image is above the text. Click on the image and select Create Clipping Mask. The photograph appear through the shape outline in the layer below the background.

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Finally: The thing is that if you are not satisfied with the position of the image in the text, you can click on it and move it to any position you want as seen again below:

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Believe me, I don’t need to bother you with too much technicality, just pick up any shape and clip anything ‘clippable’ into it using the steps above.

Your comments, observations, likes will be highly appreciated.


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