I'm working in Photoshop CC on a stamp type deal, and I'm trying to make certain lines that intersect disappear and retain transparency on the entire stamp.

Let me show you an example:

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The part that I'd like to keep transparent, but overlap, is the box containing "CERTIFIED", including the text, I'd like the outer and inner rings to disappear when the box is on top of them, while keeping the box transparent on the interior.

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    Yeah this is what Illustrator is for: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/80540/…
    – Lucian
    Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 21:13
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    Please note experience is spelled wrong ;) Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 21:37
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    And so is personalized, although that should also be personalised of course ;) Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 21:37
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    Have you explored adding a layer mask to the areas of the underlying layer you wish to hide?
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 21:46

2 Answers 2


You can use a knockout on the the box you want to "cut through"...

  1. Give the shape an opaque fill (i.e. anything non-transparent)

  2. Open that layer's Layer Style dialog...

  3. Set Fill Opacity to 0%

  4. Set a Knockout to either Shallow or Deep, depending on how far you want the transparency to go*

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*A "Shallow" knockout will cut through to the end of the group the layer is in. A "Deep" knockout will cut through all the way to (but not through) the background layer.

A mask would work just as well, this gives you the benefit of being able to adjust the box without having to redo the mask every time though.

  • Excellent method for using!
    – MaximPro
    Commented Sep 10, 2018 at 10:42

Use a vector mask.

  1. Arrange it so that your ellipses are in a group, and the text and rectangle are above that group in the layers panel, and that the ellipses group is selected.

  2. Using the Pen Tool, set to Path, and the option set to Combine Shapes in the toolbar along the top, draw two rough semi circles around the areas of the ellipses you wish to remain visible

  3. Click Layer > Vector Mask > Current path

For example:

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