I have two layers, A (a fancy shape) and B (an image). I want all the parts of B that are covered by A to be visible, and all the parts of B that are not covered by A to not be visible. Put another way, I want to use A to make a cut-out of B. Is there a way to do this?

I have been trying to use an inverted mask, but for some reason it makes the remaining part of the image partly transparent.

  • Hi. Can you please show what you are trying to do or what has failed? It's hard to answer questions like this without seeing something. Thanks
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 20 at 22:53

2 Answers 2


You can use the shape to create a mask and then use this mask to be applied to your other layer.


Set your shape under the image layer, and set the "Composite mode" of the image layer to Composite mode: Clip to background. If you have more layers, use a group for the two to limit the scope of the Clip to background to the layers that are in the group.

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  • You can also set the Composite mode directly in the right-click menu of the layer.
  • You can use multiple layers for the shape.

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