I want to make a white rounded rectangle (which will be used for an in-game alpha mask) and another layer which contains a drop shadow. That way I can do quick export for the two layers. WITHOUT RASTERIZING

I use blue and red to help me provide the contrast to help me debug.

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I have a rounded rectangle which I converted to a path.

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I've created a vector mask where I reversed

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When I create the clipping mask I get the following. Which is close to what I want except for the white background as I just wanted the drop shadow with a transparent background.

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I think I can do a layer mask but it seems I have to rasterize the path. This is basically what I got when I rasterize.

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  1. Create a shape layer in the desired shape and with any colour fill;
  2. Add your drop shadow using Layer Styles;
  3. Make sure that on the Drop Shadow settings, the box 'Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow' is ticked;
  4. In the Layers palette, reduce the layer's 'Fill' property (not Opacity) to 0%.

'Fill' functions exactly the same as Opacity, except it doesn't affect any layer styles you applied.

  • how to knock the layer below making the transparent hole? I mean of course one could duplicate the shape with the shadow and make it a vector mask... – Luciano Jul 23 '19 at 12:52
  • @Luciano Not sure I follow. Was that the question? thinking – Vincent Jul 23 '19 at 12:53
  • it looks like. White layer with a hole and a drop shadow falling on the layer. Or maybe I'm over-reading – Luciano Jul 23 '19 at 12:54
  • I think you are, the OP just marked this as the preferred answer. Thanks for thinking along, though! :) – Vincent Jul 23 '19 at 12:55
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    No, that's okay @ArchimedesTrajano. We are not a forum, and we are very precise about what is an answer and what is a question. If you want, you can show (and discuss) stuff in Graphic Design Chat though! – Vincent Jul 23 '19 at 13:00

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