I saw the following graphic on a website, which I thought was quite a nice way of displaying an app, however, I am struggling to get the effect with the phone displaying on top of the circle, but using the bottom edge of the circle as a clipping path. How would I achieve this?


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    You would have 2 copies of the phone, 1 with a clipping mask of the circle and one with no clipping mask that is above the circle.
    – AndrewH
    Jan 19, 2016 at 15:43
  • Yea. What @AndrewH is suggesting will leave a better quality edge at all times. Here's how you could do that: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/38765/2332
    – Joonas
    Jan 19, 2016 at 18:01

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You can do it this way without duplicating the phone layer:

  1. select the phone layer
  2. subtract the circle layer from the phone layer selection via ctrl+shift+click (cmd+alt+click mac) on the circle layer in the layer panel
  3. deselect the top part of the phone you want to be visible
  4. invert the selection
  5. create a layer mask on the phone layer layer mask process
  • If I select all of the phone layer using cmd click, then hold down cmd shift then I just add the circle layer to my phone layer, how do I make this subtract? Jan 19, 2016 at 18:54
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    It's cmd+alt, sorry I got that wrong. Edited my answer.
    – zebu
    Jan 19, 2016 at 19:04
  • Here's an explanation why the above method might not be a good idea in this case. ( In the example image given by the OP, the blue circle edge would show through the edge of the smart phone screen. )
    – Joonas
    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:35

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