In this modern age of design, learning how to use the “Clipping Layer Mask” tool to create compelling images is paramount. For that reason, in this tutorial we will teach you how to use masks to hide layers in Photoshop, and create stunning images.

But first we will analyze the functions of the layers and then what steps we must take to use the “Clipping Layer Mask” tool.

Function of layers in Photoshop

By understanding the function of layers, it will be easier for us to understand what is the use that is given to clipping masks. Something that we must bear in mind is that the Photoshop program supports the use of different layers for the same image . Regardless of whether these layers have nothing to do with the program’s masks, they will serve to mask the image below.

Something that we must take into account is that, when saving the image, depending on how we do it, it will be saved in these formats:

  • PSD or TIFF , preserving the layers.
  • JPG or PNG , unifying all the layers.

Example of the function of layers

Next, we will give you an example so that you can understand, how you can copy and paste layers, images and selections in Photoshop. Let’s say we have three sheets of acetate, where we have designed something different in each one, well, each sheet represents a layer.

When we unify the three layers of acetate, they will form a single image , in the same way it happens with the layers in the Photoshop program.

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As the three sheets of acetate are the same size, when they are put together, it will not be noticed that there are other sheets underneath. And in this way, each of the layers will function as a mask for the other , unlike the last one that will be the background.

Clipping Layer Mask What are they?

Clipping layer masks are the result of two or more layers , where one cuts to another, so that it can be shown. Let’s say we have three layers, one that will serve as the background, another for clipping and one with a text for the clipping mask.

  • First we will choose the layer with the text, which will be in charge of being the clipping layer mask, placing it on top of the other image.
  • Then, the area that we observe of the upper layer, will be the one that is within the image of the lower layer.
  • And the result will be, a text mask that cuts out the background image and becomes part of it.

Let’s design a clipping layer mask

To design a clipping layer mask, we must order the layers , the one to be clipped below the one to be clipped.

  • Let’s first put in a background and two more layers.
  • One of the layers has to be on top, to cut it out and another in the background that will not be noticeable and will serve as a mask.
  • Then we select the layer that we want to cut .
  • Next, with the right button of the mouse, we click on the image and choose “Create Clipping Layer Mask”.
  • Now design your clipping layer mask with the second Photoshop button.
  • Or go to the top toolbar and choose the option, layer> create clipping layer mask.

Note: did you know that with Photoshop, you can make many designs, for example, you can make photomontage of your favorite images and give them incredible styles.

Design your clipping layer masks with shortcuts

Here we will explain what are the shortcuts you can use , to design your own clipping layer mask, so that you progress faster.

  • The first option is to use the keyboard CTRL + ALT + G.

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  • The second alternative consists of selecting ALT, at the same time that we click with the mouse, in the middle of the two layers that we will use.
  • When we see that the little arrow changes its icon, we click and we will get our clipping layer mask ready.

We hope these tips are very useful when using the clipping layer mask tool with Photoshop. So take advantage of this guide so you can edit photos with Photoshop in a few easy steps.

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