Masks in image editing software are a way of protecting specific areas of your image, just as you would use masking tape when painting your house.

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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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Is it possible to have a kind of “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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Nondestructive Gradient as Mask [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: My ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Multiple masks in Photoshop

How do I add multiple masks to a layer in Photoshop CS3? I already created one mask for chain link fence so that the fence would appear between a person and his original background: Now I would ...
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Illustrator compound path and clipping mask

I'm having an issue with a compound path and a clipping mask. It's driving me absolutely crazy. There is a very fine outline which I can't seem to get rid of. I've attached screenshots to ...
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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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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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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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Inkscape and logo with transparent text?

I need to make a t-shirt with a one color design that is EASY as a .png. But the shirt company wants it as a vectored .eps file. I tried sending them an import of the .png but that wasn't good ...