I am trying to make the same color fill layer (if correct term) to the attached image so rendering color of a graphic element is simpler without the color overlay effect.

If I click the solid color button placed at the bottom of the layer window it gives me a new layer with a color fill but it's not masked.

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What I want to achieve is making it easy for color adjustment for every graphic element exactly how the attached image demonstrates. I was unsure whether it was a vector or raster element. Now I know that drawing a vector shape will automatically give me the color fill mask so I am happy with my finding. I was rushing a bit when I posted this question.

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Scott, Vincent, Brendan, DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ, e-sushi Sep 18 '13 at 3:24

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  • I don't understand this at all. What "color button"? I'm not aware of any such button. – Scott Sep 17 '13 at 0:33
  • @Scott Please see my added screenshot. You will see solid color... on the top. – Seong Lee Sep 17 '13 at 0:39
  • Could you clarify a bit? It's clear that you want to mask the 'solid color' layer, but can you explain a bit more what you want to achieve? Thanks! – Vincent Sep 17 '13 at 8:01
  • The icon you have circled is the Adjustment layer icon which creates an adjustment layer. I'm sorry but your question is simply not clear at all. – Scott Sep 17 '13 at 8:27

And there's a few ways of doing it, and here's a couple:

Method 1

Create your Solid Color Adjustment Layer, right-click it and select Create Clipping Mask

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Method 2

CTRL-Click the thumbnail of the layer you want to put the mask over,

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This will create a selection of that layer. Now create your Solid Color Adjustment Layer and the mask will automatically be applied.

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I just found that color fill mask is automatically generated when using vector shape tool.

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