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We all need better branding, right? For those, who want to learn ‘How to Create a Clipping Mask in Photoshop‘, I’ve written this post to share the best and easiest method to create eye-catching clipping masks. You can use this simple Photoshop design trick to create amazing banners and looks for your online business.
In this simple Clipping Mask in Photoshop Tutorial, I’ll share how easily you can create amazing graphics for your next project using beautiful looking typography and brilliant custom layers. In Photoshop’s layer panel, you’ll also learn how easily you can create clipping masks using simple layer masks. It may all seem like an alien language. Don’t worry, I’ve made this Photoshop tutorial simple enough so that anybody can understand and follow along.
For this tutorial, you’ll need Adobe Photoshop Software (click for a free trial) which is the best graphic designing software. You can try it for free for 7 days and then you can opt for any suitable subscription.
I’ve also made this little Table of Content for you to jump to your favorite section since I’ve covered this Clipping Mask Photoshop Tutorial with 3 different methods. Let’s begin the fun…
Clipping Mask in Photoshop
Now, creating simple clipping masks is really easy. But, just for the people who don’t know what we are talking about, here is what you should read first.
What is a Clipping Mask?
A Clipping Mask is a Photoshop layered based mask that hides the unselected part of your image or texture. It is made up of two layers. The shape of the base layer is used to create a mask over the main layer. In simple words, the visible part of the main layer is proportional to the shape of the lower layer.
Shortcut for Clipping Mask in Photoshop:
Windows – CTRL + ALT + G
Mac – Command + Options + G
Let’s look at the below example. In this case, I’ve used two layers (Blue Texture and Letter R).
When applying the Clipping Mask to the Blue Texture layer, only the ‘R’ shaped texture is visible. This simple photoshop trick can help you create beautiful designs for your blogging business and other art projects.
You can create endless designs with a clipping mask inside Photoshop. It can also improve the stats of your online business. It’s time to learn how to create it.
How to Create a Clipping Mask in Photoshop?
Using Photoshop for creating Clipping Mask is really easy and it takes less than a minute to create. In this guide, I’ve used 3 different ways to create a clipping mask in Photoshop. You can choose the best suitable method for your current design.
And here we go…
Tutorial 1: Clipping Mask in Photoshop Using Typography
In this tutorial, we will apply a clipping mask over a typography layer. This is helpful when you are creating viral Pinterest pins and other appealing text-based designs. As I’ve mentioned earlier you’ll need Adobe Photoshop for this tutorial. Once you install it, open it because it’s time for some wingardium leviosa.
STEP 1: Open Photoshop and go to File – New to create a new project. Name it whatever you like, I’m naming it ‘Clipping Mask Tutorial’. Choose the dimensions of your choice (I’m choosing 1200 width – 780 height) and make sure that Resolution is set to 72 (standard web resolution). Click ‘OK’ and it will open a white canvas.
STEP 2: Select the Text Toolbar from the tools panel on the left side of your project window. Click anywhere on the canvas and type your preferred text. I’m using ‘BLOGGERABLE‘ for the example.
STEP 3: Now, go to File – Place Linked and choose the image of your choice. I’m using this textured image for this tutorial. Make sure to click on the ‘Check’ symbol to place it properly on the project. You’ll see a layer structure as the example image.
STEP 4: Here’s the magical part. Make sure the above (textured) layer is selected and press CTRL + ALT + G (Windows) or Command + Option + G (Mac) and it will create a clipping mask of the above layer over the text layer.
Bingo! That was it. Applying a clipping mask to any text in Photoshop is easy. Just remember the shortcut and you’re good to go. Now, we’ll learn how to do the same but with a shape layer.
Tutorial 2: Clipping Mask using Image/Shape Layer
This tutorial is similar to the above typography tutorial. The only difference is we will create a custom shape layer instead of adding a text layer to the project. Follow step 1 from above and tutorial and…
STEP 1: Select the ‘Shape Tool’ and choose any shape that you want. I’m using a Pentagon shape as the base layer. You can choose any other shape or PNG Image that you want.
STEP 2: Just like step 2 in the above section, go to File – Place Linked and bring your texture layer over the shape. Make sure it covers the shape from all sides.
STEP 3: Hold your magic wand and press the shortcut that we just did. That’s how we do it in Hogwarts!
Sometimes, you want to have only one layer. Let me show you how you can have the same effect with layer masks.
Tutorial 3: Clipping Mask using Layer Mask
I get it. Sometimes, we don’t want so many layers because Photoshop starts getting hang on some older laptops or systems. That’s completely fine. So, as a solution, I always recommend having a minimum number of layers in your Photoshop project. But…
You may have noticed that when you hide or delete the below layer, the effect of the clipping mask vanishes into the thin air. This is because Photoshop is getting data from both layers. And here’s what I do to get independent layers every time.
STEP 1: Follow steps 1, 2, and 3 from the Typography tutorial above. You will end up having a texture layer and a text layer (see image) in the layer panel of your Photoshop project window.
STEP 2: Now, move your cursor to the highlighted area and press right click to open the menu tab. From this tab, choose ‘Select Pixels’ and you’ll see the selected area of the layer below.
STEP 3: Select your textured layer (or the above layer) and click on the ‘Layer Mask’ button under the layer tab. You will see that your textured layer has taken the same shape as the below layer. You can delete the text layer without harming the texture layer.
What just happened?
Okay, so we get a selection map from the text layer and applied it to the main textured layer. A layer mask is a feature where you can hide pixels of any layer in Photoshop by creating a layer mask. You can visible-invisible everything with a black and white paintbrush.
And that’s it for this tutorial.
Conclusion on Clipping Masks
That’s the roll, folks! The Clipping Mask feature in Photoshop is one of the best features of Adobe Photoshop and I use it all the time to make incredibly beautiful designs for my clients. Apart from this, I’m also developing amazing designing tutorials for your online business. You can recieve an instant email if you join the newsletter.
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