Post by Sepiana on Sept 7, 2017 18:55:39 GMT
A clipping mask uses the contents and transparency of the layer below to determine which parts of the layer above are to remain visible and which parts are to be hidden. When you apply a clipping mask, one layer will affect the other layer with which it is grouped. In the first example below, the woman photo layer gets automatically clipped (masked) to the shape of the bottom layer (black-filled circle). In the second example, the texture layer is clipped (masked) to the shape of the bottom layer (woman silhouette).
There is more than one way to create a clipping mask. First, make sure the top layer of the two layers you want to clip is activated. Then, . . .
Go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. (NOTE: In earlier versions of Elements, the command will be Layer>Group With Previous.)
Press Ctrl-G/Cmmd-G. (NOTE: Starting with Elements 15, the shortcut is Alt-Ctrl-G/Opt-Cmmd-G.)
In the Layers panel -- Hold down the Alt/Opt key and then move the cursor over the line which separates the two layers you want to group. The cursor will turn into two linked circles or, in more recent versions of Elements, into a tiny downward-bent arrow with a white square. When this happens click once; Elements will group the two layers together (with a clipping mask).
- The tiny downward-bent arrow with the white square displayed next to the layer thumbnail indicates that layer has been clipped to the layer underneath.
- Once you have the two layers clipped together, you can use the Move tool to reposition the top layer around so that the part of it you want will show through.
- When you clip two layers together, Elements will apply the Opacity of the bottom layer to both layers.
- You are not limited to just clipping two layers together at once. You can clip more than two layers as long as they are located next to each other in the Layers panel.