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Chapter 14. More Layers > Clipping groups

Clipping groups

The bottommost layer of a clipping group of layers (the base layer) clips (limits) the display of pixels, and (by default) controls the mode and opacity of the layers above it. Only pixels within the group of layers that overlap pixels on the base layer are visible. You can achieve very artful effects using this feature. Try it on various kinds of imagery.

To create a clipping group of layers:

1.
Click a layer name in a multi-layer image.

2.
Alt-click/Option-click the line between that layer name and the name just above it (the pointer will be two overlapping circles) . Note: The layers to be joined in a clipping group must be listed consecutively on the palette. A clipping group can be formed using layers within a layer set; but not with layers from both inside and outside a set.




The map of India is clipping (limiting) the view of the puppets.


3.
Optional: Repeat the previous step to add more layers to the clipping group.

The base layer name will be underlined, and the thumbnails for the other layers in the group will be indented above it.


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