In Photoshop, when I add an adjustment, is there a way to use the below layer as an Clipping Mask at the same time, rather than having to manually do this separately afterwards?
Alt-Click Adjustment Layer
There is no fully automated way but there are a few semi-automated ways.
Using the below method will give many extra options you often need when producing a photoshop image, saving more time overall.
- Allows you to name the layer.
- Allows you to make the Adjustment Layer a Clipping Mask.
- Allows you to colour-code the layer.
- Allows you to set the layers opacity.
- Allows you to set the layers blend mode.
In many cases, this would save more time than simply just making an Adjustment Layer a Clipping Mask in one swoop.
- Click on the
Adjustment Layerof your choice while holding down Alt
- Select "Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask"
- Press OK Now you'll have an
Adjustment Layerset as a
This is the method used in full with everything possible changed at once.
If you mean automatic as in the default behaviour, then I don't know a way to change that.
However, there's no need to use the menus to add a clipping mask to an adjustment layer. Alt+clicking between the two layers will toggle the clipping mask on the adjustment layer.
Obviously adding a clipping mask will make no difference to the image if the image below doesn't have some transparency to show the layer below that.