How to Use Clipping Mask in Photoshop
A clipping mask in Photoshop is a way to apply the content of one layer to the shape of another layer. This allows you to create unique effects and composite images in a non-destructive way.
To create a clipping mask, first, create or select the layer that you want to use as the base of the mask (the bottom layer). Then, create or select the layer that you want to use as the mask (the top layer).
Next, hold down the “Alt” key (Option on Mac) and hover your cursor between the two layers in the Layers panel. You will notice that your cursor changes to a square with a downward arrow. Click on this to create the Clipping Mask.
You will notice that the top layer is now clipped to the bottom layer. Any changes made to the top layer will now be limited to the shape of the bottom layer. You can also adjust the blending modes and opacity of the top layer to further control how the layers interact with each other.
To edit the contents of the Clipping Mask, you can double click on the top layer to enter into the Clipping Mask mode and make your adjustments. Once done, press “Enter” or click on the “Tick” icon to come out of the Clipping Mask mode.
It’s also possible to create multiple Clipping Masks by using more than two layers. For example, you can use a photo as the bottom layer, a vector shape as the middle layer and a text layer as the top layer, to create a unique design.
Clipping masks are a versatile and powerful tool for compositing and creating effects in Photoshop. With a little practice, you’ll be able to use them to bring your designs to the next level.
All about clipping mask is explained in the video tutorial below.