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Use clipping masks

A clipping mask is a type of mask that lets you overlay one object with the contents of another. This forms a group of layers called a clipping set. You can create clipping sets from two or more layers or layer groups. When a clipping mask is added to a layer group, the bottommost layer (also called the base layer) sets the boundaries for the entire group. Any parts of the upper layers that go over the edges of the bottommost layer are hidden or, in other words, masked.


Create a clipping mask

  1. Select a layer or layer group you'll be using as a base layer and move it below the layer or layer group that you'll be clipping to.

    For example, you can quickly round the corners of an image by clipping it to an elliptical shape. In such a case, the clipping mask should be created on the image layer that's placed above the shape layer.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • In the Layers sidebar, Control ⌃–click the layer or layer group you'd like to mask and select Create Clipping Mask.
    • Choose Format > Mask > Create Clipping Mask (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Hold down the Option ⌥ key and click between the layers you want to become a clipping set.
    • Press Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + G on your keyboard.

To release a clipping mask do one of the following:

  • Control ⌃–click the layer or layer group that has the clipping mask applied and select Release Clipping Mask.
  • Choose Format > Mask > Release Clipping Mask (from the Format menu at the top of the screen).
  • Double-click the arrow in the Layers sidebar to release the clipping mask.
  • Hold down the Option ⌥ key and click between the layers you want to unlink.
  • Press Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + G on your keyboard.

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