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I am working on a UI design in Photoshop CC 2019. I have an image and I would like to mask it with a shape. Masking works fine with the shape. But if I applied some layer style like gradient or color overlay, then the masked images is overlayed by this gradient or color overlay.

If I convert the masking shape with gradient to smart object, masking will work. But I would like to know whether there any other ways to achieve this?

Since the UI is for 1x/2x/3x devices, I need resizing of the design without losing quality.

  • Use Layer Masks :) well im also UI designer and was frustrated with that issue. and for now to resolve it i use Layer masks on images instead of clipping it – Mr.Online May 23 at 11:21
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    Could you add some images with the problem you are referring to please? – Danielillo May 23 at 11:22
  • @DesignPhoenix, I am using layer mask. But if there is a layer style like gradient-overlay or color-overlay for the masking shape, then it don't work. – Pons Purushothaman May 23 at 11:23
  • Read my answer :) hope it helps! – Mr.Online May 23 at 11:26
  • Layer Masks works with All styles including Drop shadow ; Glows and gradients :) if it is transparent styles like drop shadow you have to duplicate shape and convert it to smart object in order to clip into drop shadows too. – Mr.Online May 23 at 11:32
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Use Layer Masks

I also gone in same problem since I'm also UI designer and i came up with wrokaround like below image where i uses layer masks and using freeform move. Hope it helps!

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  • Thanks @Design Pheonix. I did not get a chance to try this. I will try this asap and if its the best solution, I will definitely upvote you. Cheers! – Pons Purushothaman May 24 at 3:46
  • Don't forget to share your experience :) hope my answer helps you :D – Mr.Online May 24 at 4:06
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    It is awesome solution Design Phoenix. Thank you very much! – Pons Purushothaman May 26 at 4:08
  • i'm glad it worked for you :) – Mr.Online May 27 at 3:04

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