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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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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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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 do I reduce the luminance of this sky without it looking weird?

This is a picture I took yesterday: The sky is a bit too washed out for me so I'd like to crank down the luminance of the blue. Camera Raw makes a valiant effort but the crane trusses and other ...
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Convert image into mask

I have a green background picture with some shadows. I would like to use it as a mask so I can place it on background with any color (e.g. red or pink) and get the same style of shadows. I tried ...
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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 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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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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How to create a non destructive gradient mask over an object? [duplicate]

I'm trying to create a mask with a nondestructive gradient. So far I have managed to create my shape in a smart object and the masking gradient in another smart object. My mask looks like this: ...
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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 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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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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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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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 can I achieve this stamp / photocopy effect?

this is my first question, cause usually I find the answer I'm looking for on the forums. That image was made with Sketcher effect with Pics Art app for Android. How could I mimic it using Photoshop? ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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, 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 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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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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How do you change the color of multiple shape layers at once in Photoshop?

I have a series of shape layers that I am using to create a logo. These shape layers are not directly above or below each other. Instead, they are spaced out between a series of other shape layers. ...
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Gimp: Add text to Layer Mask?

I'd like to have a layer mask in Gimp that includes some text. I currently have a method of achieving this, but it's a little more crude than I'd like. In this image, the top text is a simple text ...
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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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Adobe Illustrator: How to create a clipping mask

I have this logo I am working on. I have 2 questions: 1) I have a white circle behind the 4. I'd like to use that circle as a clipping mask for the 4 so that the 4 fits perfectly within that white ...
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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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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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Can you view the layer mask in GIMP?

In GIMP, after adding a layer mask, and editing, is there a way (or even a plugin) to let you view the layer mask right on the canvas? I know that you can see a miniature copy of the layer mask in ...
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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 ignore objects outside clipping masks in symbols in Adobe Illustrator

I have created an illustration of a box out of 3 simple shapes in Adobe Illustrator CC. They are actually 3 clipping masks that clip 3 different embedded raster textures. I then turned the whole group ...
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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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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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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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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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Photoshop image fading and background effect

I believe it's easy to do, but I am missing some details. Somehow, my results are not what I'd wanted them to look like. How to draw illustrational lines? (Think of the lines from Windows Vista ...
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How to eliminate angle parts of triangle to get six sided polygon with mask in Photoshop CS 5 or 6

I'm trying to recreate this image with help of a Rectangle Tool (U) and masks as it was suggested in chat room, but so far I was able to do it by adding three rectangles, where two of them were ...
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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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Illustrator - Using an RGB transparency mask in a CMYK file

My file is CMYK, but it has a Link to an RGB PSD file as a transparency mask. The file renders properly in illustrator (the preview), but whenever I try to export to any other format, the colors are ...
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Clipping mask for text on grid

I've created a tennis racket in Illustrator CS6 and i want to make the text only visible on the lines of the net. I tried to use a copy of the net as clipping mask for the text, but the result was'nt ...
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A layer covering all non-transparent areas in Photoshop

I have a PNG layer which has a drop shadow applied in Photoshop. I'd like to create another layer of white color which would cover all non-transparent pixels on the canvas (i.e. the original PNG + ...
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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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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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Delete anything outside an area

If i have outlined an object, say a car, and i have added a red air brush around to give it a color, how could i remove all color outside the outline of the car? Masking etc. ?
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How can I create a smooth mask that allows me to multiply the already existing blur?

The question is very simple, and it surprises me I couldn't readily find the solution by googling: I want to reduce the depth of field of a photo in Photoshop. I expected to find something that allows ...
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How can I create SVG clipping masks?

I want to take a circle that has a blue border and a picture inside, and clip the picture so it fits inside the circle nicely. I'd prefer to use very small files, perhaps cut down in sprites. Once I ...
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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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Photoshop CC Generate Ignores “Layer Mask Hide Effects” option

I have made a simple tab UI with 3 possible buttons, left, center and right. The first thing I wanted to do was to simply make one big tab (which includes the left and right and center parts in ...
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How do I create a layer mask that only shows non-empty pixels of masked layer

I want to create a mask that only displays a region of the masked layer, most of which is transparent. But the current result is I get a ton of black pixels. How do I achieve the transparency of the ...