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Chapter 13. The Pen Tools, Shape Layers,... > Clipping Paths and Vector Masks

Clipping Paths and Vector Masks

Clipping paths and vector paths serve the same purpose—identifying what will be visible or invisible—but they do so at two different levels. Clipping paths are used with images destined for page layout programs, delineating areas of visibility for the image as a whole. Vector masks are used in a similar manner to show and hide areas of individual layers within an image.

In previous versions of Photoshop, vector masks were referred to as “layer clipping paths.” Although the old term was accurate, the new term avoids possible confusion with the clipping paths used with page layout programs.



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