Using shape layers to mask multiple layers


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Using shape layers to mask multiple layers

We can have a shape layer or a custom shape layer mask any kind of other layer. In this case, it's masking not just one photographic layer, but several. So here is a composition celebrating the Isle of Wight, a lovely island off the south coast of England and here's how it was created. I'm going to turn off the type and I'm going to turn off the shape layer that is masking all of the other photographic layers, and you'll see that they just instantly disappear as soon as I do that.

So I need to just unclip them from that shape, and what we see here is that I have four overlapping photographs. Using layer masks, I have blended these photographs together, so that we get this result. It looks a bit of a mess at the moment really, when we see it like this, out of context, but now when I mask these five layers to this one shape layer, this is how it turns out.

I'll turn the shape layer back on, and to create a clipping mask to that shape layer, if I hold down the Alt key ...

Using shape layers to mask multiple layers
Video duration: 3m 6s 2h 53m Intermediate

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Using shape layers to mask multiple layers provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Nigel French as part of the Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layers

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Design
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Photoshop
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