Layer clipping masks


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Layer clipping masks

So Photoshop has a wonderful, but a little bit hidden feature called clipping mask, and the idea is that you want an image or a layer to be clipped by another layer, kind of like a cookie cutter, if you will. So the classic example of this is like the travel postcard where it says Aloha and there is an image in every single letterform. So we are going to trying to recreate that effect here, where I have got this image in the Background, and I want it to only show up where there are letters on the type layer up here. Now in order to do this, you have to have a layer that can be moved because the image layer, in order for it to be clipped by the type layer, has to be on top.

So you are clipping the top layer with the layer below it, which means we need to convert the Background layer. Easiest way to do that is to hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows and just double-click. That converts it to a non-background layer, which can now be moved. We'll go ahead and move that to...

Layer clipping masks
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Layer clipping masks provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Michael Ninness as part of the Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts

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Design Photography
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Photoshop
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