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Vector mask adjustment layer in Photoshop

I'm working on a calendar. I have a grid of rectangle shapes that outline the days. I'm trying to make a different adjustment layer for each day applied to a background. It's basically working ...
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How to convert clipping mask to individual paths?

I'm a programmer, not a designer. I'm handy with a graphics program as long as it doesn't require artistic abilities. However, I'm not sure about the correct terminology. I'm working with Adobe ...
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How can I mask out airplane propellers properly?

I have this image which I wish to mask out the propellers properly. I thought maybe Refine Edge would do the work but it didn't success. I would like to know what kind of tools I probably should ...
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Adobe Illustrator Transparent Mask

I'm not much of a graphic artist, but I try to learn how to do new things. I learned how to use the Extrude & Bevel to create a 3D effect. I like the result. But I'm using the resulting graphic ...
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Final size in Illustrator CS4 masked images

How do I find out the exact size of a graphic or image after it has a clipping mask applied in Illustrator? When you just select the image or do Ctrl+A it shows the entire image size(including the ...
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How do you apply a clipping mask to multiple layers in Photoshop?

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. ...
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Inverse Clipping Mask?

I've used a clipping mask to obtain the top ribbon, but I was wondering how I could get the same effect with the bottom ribbon, where the ribbon is filled in with the horizontal lines. Thanks in ...
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Divide objects Illustrator

I have this graphics in Illustrator. I would like to remove the portions of the globe outside the outlined path and I want the remaining earth and the space inside the path as two separate regions. ...
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Photoshop shows outline around mask when exported to PDF

I have a file in Photoshop CS5 that has a photo on a layer that is cropped with a clipping mask (just a black rectangle). In Photoshop the image appears correctly but when I save as a PDF and open ...
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Is it possible to create a kind of horizontal “invert mask” in CSS?

I have two blocks (div elements) with one black on the top background-color: black and one white on the bottom. Is it possible to have a piece of text that straddles the two zones with inverted ...
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How to Insert an Image in to an Ellipse and Hide Overflowing Parts

I'm trying to insert an image in to an ellipse shape layer, I need to hide the overflowing parts around the circle/ellipse. How do I insert an image in to a circular selection and hide the parts that ...
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Trim a Clipping Mask in Illustrator?

Is it possible to trim a clipping mask in Illustrator? I have an image that I created a mask for, but the entire image is so much larger than the space I need, I would like to crop the rest of the ...
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Apply graphic styles to objects in a clip group

I can't seem to apply graphic styles to objects if they're behind a clipping mask. I encountered this problem when I wanted to use graphic styles in order to change the fill colour of a symbol ...
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How do I edit an existing layer mask in Photoshop?

How can I edit the mask that is being applied to this layer?
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Text silhouette; change color in middle of a letter illustrator

Does anyone know how to change colors in letters to appropriately represent silhouette? A perfect example is the opening for the movie Superbad: The 'U' is perfectly a U while having the right ...
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How do I copy a layer with a vector mask in Photoshop

I need to copy an icon from a design that has a vector mask in photoshop. How can I do it so I get the icon to paste exactly as I see it in the design, so it can (for example) be added to a css image ...
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Photoshop CS6: Using text to cut through a white block to reveal pic?

I'd like to cut through a white layer with text to reveal a pic underneath, in effect filling the text with the pic but still be able to preserve full text editing i.e. not rasterise? So far I have ...
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Save for Web with Layer Mask

I have an image which has a layer mask so that the image fades to transparent. However when I try to export the image (Save for Web) as a PNG the layer mask is lost. What am I doing wrong? Can this be ...
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Circular ProgressBar Animation

I want to create a simple circular progress animation with either Adobe After Effect or Adobe Flash or any other software that you may suggest. Something like this: Assuming that the graphic assets ...
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Fastest way to replace mask with current selection (Photoshop)

Situation: I want to use the current selection as a mask on layer X. Layer X already has a mask, and I want to completely replace it. If layer X didn't already have a mask, I could do this in one ...
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Add a new layer to a set of button icons

A designer has created (for money) a set of button icons (Facebook, Settings, ...) for me, where all buttons have the same rounded rectangle outline: Now I need to add few more buttons, for example ...
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How do I paste into a layer's mask in Photoshop?

When I paste Cmd+V a new layer is created instead of pasting into the layer's mask that I created. What I'm trying to do is take a black and white layer and make it the mask of a all white layer. ...
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How to apply gradient to mask in Photoshop?

I've been using Photoshop CS3 for several years. All of a sudden today, I could not apply a gradient to a layer mask. Nothing happens. I was, however, able to use a brush on the mask. Click layer ...
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Link a layer with a shape/vector mask in Photoshop

Simple question that I can't find the answer to. I have a layer with a photo that I got off the internet. I want this layer to have rounded corners. So I draw a rectangle with rounded corners in ...
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How to mask two specific layers with multiple between in cs6

I am following a tutorial and trying to mask a shape layer to another shape layer that is multiple layers down. (or has multiple layers between these two.) In Photoshop cs6 Essentially I want the ...
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Layer Comps misalign my layer masks and adjustment layers

I have encountered a problem, or at least an annoyance, with the way that "Layer Comps" work with linked layers. I understand the reason for the design choice and I am not claiming it to be a bug, ...
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How do you paste inside of a layer mask in Photoshop

I was trying to paste some pattern that I made inside another layer. But each time I pasted, it ended up on the layer selected instead of its layer mask even when mask was selected. I have Photoshop ...
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Using an invert mask on one single layer

I'm stuck with this little thing, which should be extremely easy but I simply cannot achieve it the way I want it. Working with Photoshop CS5, I have a PSD with several layers, most of them being ...
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How does (clipping) mask in Photoshop work in my specific case

This is my basic layer setup: http://screencast.com/t/OCQTSwp7I5 Textlayer Shape Background I want to mask the shape-layer so the parts where the text is the shape is transparent. ...
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Applying same mask to multiple layers in Photoshop

I've got a bunch of puppies i need to mask in the same way as below, where each puppy will be within a shadowed circle: I got the first one working using a layer mask, but now i want an easy way to ...
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How to edit a vector mask in Photoshop CS2?

This will sound astronomically simple, and you will indeed wonder how is it possible that I've never learned it. But: How do I quickly edit a vector mask in CS2?
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Gimp: Copy layer 1 to layer 2's mask

Pretty straight forward question, say in Gimp I have an image with 2 layers in question, one is temporary, I want to use it as the mask for the other. How can I transfer a layer into the mask of ...
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Create a repeating glare effect over a coin in Flash

Please kindly advise the missing steps for adding a glare (shining) effect to a yellow circle symbol, representing a coin. The effect should run every 2 seconds. The symbol will be exported and be ...
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Cut out text from a layer

I'm a Photoshop n00b, working with version CS6. I'm trying to fix up a PSD I was sent from my client so I can convert it to HTML and CSS. Here's a screenshot of some layers I've extracted, that ...
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Illustrator clipping masks containing images and text

My clipping mask was working in when it was just text. I have added an image to the text and the clipping mask no longer works even if I group the text and the image. Any ideas? I was working in ...
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Advanced shadow and highlight extract with transparency

I want to blend this image dynamically over a background. So, I want to extract it as a PNG with transparency. I photographed the ship-in-a-bottle on a surface that is roughly the colour of the ...
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How would you create these Photoshop clipping masks in Fireworks?

Fireworks and Photoshop are both great. I'd would like to know how to achieve similar results to Photoshop's clipping masks in Fireworks (I don't have as much experience using Fireworks as I do using ...
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How to decontaminate black edges on hair

I have a pretty decent knowledge of Photoshop, and have used masks and levels etc to remove backgrounds a fair bit (as well as the edge refinement tools they have now). I am having a tricky time ...
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Photoshop mask extension color

I frequently use predominately black masks on gradient or fill layers to show a shape with a color that I can choose later. However, when I transform the layer, the extension color is white- i.e. ...
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Photoshop: how can I see both the mask and the masked contents?

When I have a photo with a mask in Photoshop, I want to be able to edit this mask with a brush, e.g. I want to remove the sky from the photo. But as far as I know, I can only view the mask or the ...
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In Photoshop, is there a way to turn a vector object into a mask and keep it editable?

I often make objects in Illustrator, and then bring them into Photoshop to use them as a mask, by selecting the pixels of the layer, and then applying it as a mask to another. The downside to this is ...
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How do I breakdown a PSD Background To Tileable layered elements

I'd like to create a scaleable multi-resolution web effect similar to iBooks and started by building on this tutorial. The problem is with the background image: As you can see it has two masks on ...
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Trying To Delete Inverse Shape Around An Object In Illustrator CS5

I am new to Illustrator and am still trying to wrap my mind around the concept of vector shapes. In Photoshop, I used to make a glare very easily. I would write text and then I would put a ...
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How to resize vector masks without changing the size-ratio of round corners of it?

Let's say that I have a vector mask of 200px-w 150px-h rectangle with 8 px curved corners. If I want to resize this to 100px-w 100px-h without changing the size-ratio of round corners, how do I do ...
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How can I get Illustrator to respect the rounded corners on the top shape when creating a mask?

I have two shapes (left) and I have added rounded corners to the rectangle on the top one using the "Rounded Corners" menu item. When I select the two shapes and choose "create mask" I want ...
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How do I make rectangular photos square?

I have a pack of rectangular pictures (some landscape, some portrait) but I need them to be square. I know how to use imagemagick for resizing and converting. Some of the pictures are wider, ...
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Photoshop CS5, how to create a layer mask from a layer?

I have a layer in Photoshop that I'd like to use as a layer mask, is this at all possible? It's a black & white layer with some gradients that I would like to apply to another layer that's a ...
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How can I make text be “masked” into a silhouette?

I need some way of making text (more specifically, the chorus for a song for a graphic arts project) be fitted to the outline of a silhouette. The effect I wish to achieve is much like this piece of ...
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Masking problems in illustrator [closed]

I have a group of paths and a rectangle like so: I am trying to cut a hole in the rectangle using the group of paths, I have managed to do this in Photoshop just fine but I'm a bit of a newbie when ...
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Photoshop - Extracting a transparent shadow from an image

I have a layer that contains a brushed metal texture. The layer has an inner shadow effect. I'd like to extract just that shadow with transparency, so I can later superpose the pure background ...