I’m looking for a non-destructive way of allowing an image to be partially "clipped" by a clipping mask, like so:
I view the above image as having three parts…
- a Person (top layer; being clipped)
- a Pattern (background layer; being clipped)
- a Shape (bottom layer; does the clipping)
The Person and Pattern represent the crux of the matter, since the pattern should be clipped entirely, whereas the person is only partially clipped.
Here’s an example of how I achieved this (in an undesired manner):
Here is my Shape, accompanied by the Pattern and Person that will eventually be "clipped" by said Circle:
(This is where my process becomes convoluted)
First, I create a Duplicate Layer of my Person and horizontally align this layer with my Shape. Like so:
Next, I use the magic wand to select my Circle.
After which, I use the Magnetic lasso tool to add the top of my duplicate Person to the same selection.
I then use this selection to create a Layer Mask for my Person.
Finally, I merge these two layers into one shape. Here is what I have thus far:
(From here on it becomes simple)
I used my (now rasterized) shape to as a clipping mask for Pattern…
and finally my original Person…
Is there straightforward way to allowing my Person to "escape" my clipping mask and move around freely without Steps #2 through #6, which is limiting due to obvious disadvantages.
For example: If I decided I wanted to offset my Person, after my "clipping" shape had already been rasterized, I would have to start from the beginning since it would look like this…
Thanks for reading this far.