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Chapter 5. Working with Layers > Creating Masking Effects with Layer Groups

Creating Masking Effects with Layer Groups

Layer groups provide a simple and quite intuitive way to create a sophisticated masking effect in Photoshop Elements. Any object placed on a layer, including photographic images and lines of editable text, can be used as the basis for masking any number of layer objects above it. Think of the lower, or base layer, as a window through which the upper layers are allowed to show through. So, for example, you could have a favorite fishing trip photo framed within the shape of a boat or fish, or a photograph of a forest placed within the word TREES (Figure 5.46). Once grouped, any layer within the group can be repositioned independently of the others, or the entire group can be linked and moved as one.

Figure 5.46. This project is composed of two layers: a photograph of cedar branches and the TREE text layer. The branches photo completely covers the text layer in the image on the left, but when grouped with the TREES layer, the branches peek through only where the text is visible.



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