Can I create a clipping mask from a vector shape that has a feathered edge?

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2019-08-23 22:08:48

Hi. I'm wondering if it's possible to create a clipping mask from a vector shape and then feather the edges of the mask.

I created a new document, added a photo, then added a vector shape. I moved the shape's layer below the photo's. Then I right-clicked on the photo in Layers and choose Create Clipping Mask. That worked fine.

However, I'd like to feather the edges of the mask. Is there a way to do it? Or is it only possible to feather selections?

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2019-08-23 22:25:08

Okay, I figured out how to do it:

I selected the shape and chose Edit>Load Selection.

Then I deleted the shape.

Then I refined the selection to soften the edges.

Then I chose Format>Mask>Add Mask.
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2019-08-24 04:43:45

Hi Mirsky.

You have options. Sometimes masks are the way to go and the technique of Load selection and Add Mask are powerful tools that I use a lot.

But, if I understand the effect you are trying to get, you can still keep your vector object as a clipping mask if you want. Effects can be applied to vector objects so, if you select the shape in the layers panel, you can use a Gaussian Blur to soften its edges without losing the ability to later edit the shape.

Hope this helps.

- Stef.