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How to use a shape as a vector mask?

My goal is a rectangular vector mask that I can freely resize without resizing the masked layer, but I'm confused about the interplay between shapes and vector masks: I can't figure out how to ...
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Clipping mask problem

I have an image and a compound path. I want to create a clipping mask for this group of objects in Illustrator. But I'm facing this problem: (random image for this post) Where is the problem? Do ...
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How do I prevent a clipping mask from hiding layer effects?

Let's say that I have two layers: Layer 2: An image with an Outer Glow layer effect. Layer 1: An image that I want to use to mask Layer2. In the example below, Layer 1 is the white brush and Layer ...
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Lighting Effect not working in a layer mask

I have a layer mask that I am attempting to add a lighting effect to in CS6, however when I click the lighting effect tool from the Filter-> Render menu, the layer mask goes completely black. As soon ...
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Layer Mask Selection Not Showing in Photoshop

Good Morning, I am currently doing an online tutorial called "Create a Music Festival Poster Design in Photoshop" on DesignCuts.com https://www.designcuts.com/tutorials/create-a-music-festival-poster-...
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Create blended layer with mask and text

I have a simple text layer and a texture layer. I want to use the texture layer to texture the text using blending modes and opacity. I want the texture to only show through on the text... but I want ...
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Masking Problems in Illustrator (Is it a bug?)

All right. So I just want to add a certain pattern (made from objects) to my text for an interesting and satisfying effect. However, when it normally tends to just work with any object. I just need ...
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How to create a gradient opacity mask in Illustrator

I was having an issue earlier, where I wanted to create a simulated reflection on the floor beneath a vector object made up of many smaller paths, while still maintaining full transparency of my final ...
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Creating a default (master) filter to be applied to images

I am applying same filter settings to my images 1 by 1. (Example: brightness +60, filter blur pixelization 2, Contrast -20). So instead of making the same settings for each of my designs, how can I ...
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How to copy illustrator opacity mask via script?

Situation - I have a group that contains some objects partially covered by opacity mask to emulate blurred edge. It is very easy to copy-paste such group in Illustrator - and copied group contais the ...
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What is this procedure called in Photoshop

I am a beginner in Photoshop and trying to emulate a template, but now I'm stuck. I don't know how to name the procedure marked by the arrow. So I have a picture which is masked by another layer. Can ...
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Why is my mask in PS semi transparent?

I am trying to remove part of an image, but each time I add a mask, that mask is always semi transparent. Opacity and Fill settings for the brush I am using are set to 100% and blending modes are set ...
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How to copy a layer's mask photoshop?

In photoshop, I have a layer with a mask. I want to duplicate this mask to then apply it to another layer. How can I do that?
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SVG mask not working

I have an SVG vector object that consists of a few paths, some of which need to be masked. For this I've made 5 SVG masks. All of them seem to be working (i.e. masking their respective object), ...
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Resize Photoshop vector mask to specific pixels [duplicate]

I have a Photoshop CC file where there's one main large page with all the assets of a website on it. Each asset is linked into the parent page so they can be sliced from one document. Since there ...
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should i apply the layer mask on the layer i've been working on before closing it?

I'm working on an artwork I did by hand for an invitation, cleaning it up in Photoshop... When I finish editing, should I apply the layer mask on the layer I've been working on before closing it? (...
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How to preserve a drop shadow and outline when clipping?

I’m trying to make an icon of the Australian flag overlayed onto a map of Australia for an Android app at work, but I cannot figure out how to get the drop shadow and outline to be clipped too. ...
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Using an object as a mask

I have a black object in a layer all by itself that I'm trying trying to use as a mask, to cut out a white object the same size. I tried drawing an white rectangle on a new layer, placed it on top ...
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Illustrator: apply clipping mask to group

Here's the problem I have: I have a large group of objects that I want to apply a clipping mask to. The large group of objects are in different colours, so I can't make them a compound path. But ...
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Make words-art in Inkscape — How can I cut the words out of a shape?

I want to create a word-cloud or you call a tag-cloud, but I have a problem cutting the words out of the shape that I want. Anyway, here's the demo word-cloud: I want the yellow "DEMO" text to ...
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Illustrator (CS4) mask over stroke

I have the grouped Outline of a text and I want to create an inner shadow. In appearance I have created a new stroke, applied the blur on it and move it a small distance. Because this stroke is ...
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How do I delete an object over something, and have the shape of where it was stay with nothing there?

I apologize for the title, I can't explain for my life... But the problem i'm having is, I am trying to create a blank space over a letter. You can see in the screenshots that I have two elbow shapes ...
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How can I hide parts of an object that don't overlap another object? [closed]

What is the best way to remove the part of the blue object that doesn't overlap the grey object?
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Why doesn't my opacity mask fully hide my object?

I've got a problem with masking. I've made an object and masked it over. The masking effect is visible, but it should go behind the object. The transparent part should be at 0% visibility, but ...
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How to apply adjustment layer to layer mask?

Everything on Google is how to apply masks to adjustment layers and I wan't the opposite. I have a mask and want to apply a levels adjustment to it. Is there a way to do that?
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Confine an overlay layer to a single other layer?

This is probably a very simple question, but one that I cannot entirely figure out. Please forgive my ignorance! I am working on an image wherein I have the following layers, in order: 1: Hue/...
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Sketch: How to get a feathered mask? [duplicate]

How can I make the edge of a mask blurred/feathered like this example in Sketch?
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Merging 3 different-Not Crossing Shapes into 1 Path

I want to merge 3 letters into 1 path. Their paths simply don't touch or cross each other. So basically it means I have 3 different positioned shapes I need to merge. Is it possible? And the ...
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How to erase part of shape in Photoshop?

I want to erase part of a rectangle but it gets erased in the way shown in the right hand image: I want to be like this:
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Is there a way to a selectively mask out layer styles?

I was wondering if there was a way to selectively mask out layer styles (not including the actual layer)? For example: I add a drop shadow to a layer, but I only want the shadow to show on a few ...
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How to pull specific image out with color?

Noob to Photoshop, but I've been trying to superimpose a pattern onto a specific type of design. I haven't gotten very far but this is what I have so far: What I would like is the Swoosh itself ...
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Fill a shape with Bucket Tool (except leave the text inside the shape transparent) in Gimp

I have this image that I downloaded and I am trying to recreate it in a larger size. This is what I have so far: I really want to be able to fill in the oval with black, but not fill in the ...
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Turn Grayscale image into black image with transparency

What I want is for the image to turn all grays into transparencies of black, which doesn't seem to work when I simply use "Colour Range" to remove white from image. -Using Adobe Photoshop.
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Fill selection holes (selecting the convex hull) in Photoshop

How can I select the convex hull of an existing selection in Photoshop. In other words, how does one fill the holes in a selection in Photoshop? Consider a donut shape. You use the wand to create a ...
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how to make a layer mask and save it as black and white jpeg [closed]

i want to make a layer mask in photoshop. after that i want to save the layer mask as a black and white JPEG. i want to use this black and white JPEG as a mask in photoscan. how do i do that?
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Opacity of layer affects clipping masks

Most of the time I use clipping masks only to keep painting within certain borders. But how do I change the opacity of the mask, while preserving its shape? Say I drew many little particles and want ...
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Sketch SVG Export Issue (Mask)

I have strange issue connected with mask usage in Sketch. Here is the screenshot of what i have in Sketch and what I get after export: So, how to fix this, what am doing wrong?
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Re-link a mask to its layer

How to a re-link a layer mask to its layer? I have unlinked a mask from its layer so I can feely move the image affected separate from the mask. Now, I would like to re-link them so I may move both ...
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How to convert a picture into black lines and a transparent background?

I've looked at a couple of previous questions, but I haven't been able to apply it to my question. I'm trying to extract the black from this picture (so I can turn it into a vector later in ...
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How to create transparent border around text on Illustrator?

I created the following on Photoshop. I wanted to see if the same can be done on Illustrator (just the typography). I tried clipping masks, but the opposite of what I want is happening i.e. the circle ...
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Inverse Clipping Mask in Illustrator [duplicate]

I have this text on a white bar in Illustrator, and I would like to make that part of the white bar transparent instead of what it currently is - the same color as the background. I tried doing the ...
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Illustrator: Clip using transparency

I want to clip the image in the background using the image on top based on the transparency Preview: http://prntscr.com/8brfnb I want the areas that are under the opaque parts of the top image to be ...
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GIMP Scaling Groups of layer masks

Using GIMP it's possible to link a number of layers together and scale them together. However I have about 5 layers each with a layer mask that fit together - I would like to scale these together with ...
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Using Mask to trace transparent space inside Text

I have a text which has transparent space in it. I wanted to trace that space in order to use it as a clipping mask for an image. I selected the space using magic wand. I some how did something and ...
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Invert text layer used as clipping mask? (Photoshop)

I have three layers; a canvas b/w background, a text layer, and an image (bottom to top). I set the text as a clipping mask for the image, so you get the background, the text, and the image can be ...
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How to make a mask in photoshop and use shapes in that mask?

What does the person do in this video (around the 0:21 second mark)? In that video the person makes a layer group and the makes a mask for it and modifies that mask constantly. I've read this ...
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after effects greyscale bmp as mask

I created a grey scale bmp image (depthmap) which corresponds with the first frame in a short video clip. my intention is to use the bmp image as a mask and then track the mask for the remainder of ...
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How to create a transparent difference (additive?) layer from 2 solid layers

I'm very new to graphic design in general, so I'm not sure if I'm using the correct terms, sorry about that. I have two solid images (A & B) and I want to extract the difference between the two to ...
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How to feather vector mask?

The headline is actual question:) I want to add vector mask to the layer, but I want to soften it's edges because it looks a bit unnatural compared to the rest of the photo, thanks
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Intersection between layers for empty and filled heart vector in Photoshop

I have downloaded a heart icon vector from flaticon, I will use it as "add as favorite" icon, so I need two states: The heart filled with black background with opacity 75% for example (...