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Photoshop at Work: Creating Clipping Masks

The process of creating clipping masks in Photoshop involves linking multiple adjacent layers and using the transparency of the bottom layer of the group as a mask for the other layers. This means that the upper layers are visible only through the “window” created by the transparency of the bottom layer. When layers are in a group, the thumbnails in the upper layers in the Layers palette are indented and shown with arrows, and the line separating the layers is dashed instead of solid. To create a clipping mask, follow these steps:

1.
Choose File, Open and select the image file you want to modify.

2.
Choose Window, Layers to display the Layers palette. Arrange all the layers to be grouped so that they are adjacent; make sure that the layer to serve as the mask is positioned at the bottom of the group. In the example shown in Figure 10.9, the Background layer is at the bottom of the stack, followed by two text layers, a layer with lines drawn with the Paintbrush tool, and a pattern layer.

Figure 10.9. Arrange clipping mask layers next to each other with the masking layer at the bottom.


3.
Link the layers of the group together by clicking the link icon in each layer within the palette. For this example, select the top text layer and then click in the column closest to the layer name to make the chain icon appear. Link the pattern and paint layers to the text layer.

4.
Make sure that no layers are linked except for those in the target group. Choose Layer, Create Clipping Mask from Linked (see Figure 10.10). The bottom layer of the group now acts like a mask, revealing the other grouped layers through its visible areas. You can identify clipping masks by the arrow icons to the right of the link icons and by the way the layer names are indented above the bottom mask layer.

Figure 10.10. Choose Create Clipping Mask from Linked to create the effect.


5.
If you want to ungroup layers in a group, select the layer to be removed from the group in the Layers palette. Choose Layer, Release Clipping Mask. This action ungroups this layer as well as any grouped layers residing above it.


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