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?
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.
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.