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I have 20 multiple images in different layers withon a Photoshop file. I want to apply one clipping mask for all the layers. I grouped all layers and tried but the clipping mask option is disabled. How can I apply one clipping mask to multiple layers?

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Highlight all the layers and choose "Convert To Smart Object" from the Layer Panel Menu.

Apply your clipping mask to the resulting Smart Object.

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Your solution works like a charm but there's a problem if one of the highlighted layers is already a Smart Object. I have multiple instances of this object in the drawing. When I do as you say, the selected instance of the object is copied as a new smart object. I'd like it to stay the same Smart Object as before. Do you have any idea how to solve this? – matewka Mar 24 '14 at 20:03

In Photoshop CS6, select all the layers you wish to be clipped, click on the Layers panel flyout menu and choose "Create Clipping Mask".

Alternatively, if Layer Masks are acceptable, you can group the Layers and add a Layer Mask to the layer group.

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