How to create a Clipping Mask in Photoshop | Adobe Tutorial

[CC] Often when designing, you’ll want to superimpose an image onto a background. In Photoshop, we can do this by clipping an image onto the layer below. But what if we want the background image to define the shape and crop of the image that’s placed on top?

Our tutorial video will show you how a Clipping Mask can take a feature from your background layer to control the visibility of the layer you wish to clip on top. Once you’ve got the hang of how to use them, Clipping Masks will save you a lot of time when creating cool composite images.


00:13 – The difference between clipping masks and layer masks in Photoshop.
00:29 – Common use for clipping masks 1 of 2 – Making an image appear within a shape.
00:45 – Comparing clipping masks with masks in Illustrator.
01:00 – How to apply a clipping mask to a layer.
01:09 – Moving images within a clipping mask.
01:20 – Linking multiple layers used in a clipping mask.
01:35 – Clipping masks and opacity.
02:08 – Applying a clipping mask to a TV screen.
02:19 – Pen tool tutorial reminder.
02:45 – Common use for clipping masks 2 of 2 – Using effects within clipping masks and stacking clipping masks.
03:10 – Adding an adjustment layer as a clipping mask.

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