Add Layer Clipping Mask

Add Layer Clipping Mask

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Add a Layer Clipping Mask in Photoshop



Clipping Masks are similar to a cookie cutter in that you have a shape on one layer that is used to define the shape of the next layer above it.

In this example we will place an image inside the boundaries of a text object.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open).

Step Two

If the image layer is a Background layer, double-click the layer icon, then click OK to convert it to a transparency layer.

Step Three

Select the Text tool (t key) and add some text to the document.

Step Four

In the Layers palette, drag the Text layer below the image layer.

Step Five

Option-click (PC - Alt-click) the line between the two layers. The image is trimmed to match the text layer below.

Step Six

To reposition the image within the mask, select the Move tool (v key) and move the contents of the image layer.

More Ways to Clip an Image

In Step Five, we Option-clicked (PC - Alt-clicked) the line between the layers to activate the Clipping Mask. Another way to accomplish the same thing is to right-click the upper layer (just to the right of the layer name) and choose Create Clipping Mask.

You can also select the upper layer and choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask (Option/Cmd/g (PC - Alt/Crtl/g)).