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Chapter 15. Collage > Using Vector Masks with Layer Masks

Using Vector Masks with Layer Masks

You can have both a Layer Mask and a Vector Mask attached to a single layer. (Just click the Layer Mask icon twice.) When that's the case, you'll end up with your image visible only where both the Layer Mask and Vector Mask allow things to be visible (Figure 15.112). If you have multiple layers that have Layer Masks applied to them, then you can mask the cumulative effect of those layers with a Vector Mask by doing the following: Select the layers to which you'd like to apply a Vector Mask and then Shift-click on the Group icon at the bottom of the Layers palette (it's the one that looks like a folder) (Figure 15.113 and 15.114). Next, click on the newly created group to make it active, and then add a Vector Mask. Any shapes that you add to the Vector Mask will limit where all the layers that are contained in that group show up (Figure 15.115). That's how I'd create the feather images Adobe used for the Photoshop CS packaging (Figure 15.116).

Figure 15.112. You can have both a Layer Mask and a Vector Mask attached to the same layer.



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