I have the following image:

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I want to cut the volume slider and acheive the following result:

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Actually I made this a month ago. But now when I tried using the same method it is not working. I made two circles with shape tool then combined them and deleted the intersecting smaller circle. Now I have a ring. With this ring I combined a rectangle and then deleted the semicircle opaqued by the rectangle. Now I have semicircular ring shape which I used as a clipping mask over my music player image. Now when I use magic wand to select that semicircular ring -- so I could delete the selected pixels -- I get the following error:

Could not use the magic wand because the target is a fill layer.

The workaround is to rasterize the semicircular ring, but then its curves don't remain smooth.

**Edit: ** As suggested in the answer I tried to invert the mask but remained unsuccessful. Pressing ctrl + i on the masked layer did nothing. Although there is an invert icon in the adjustment panel. After pressing this all the white colors in the photoshop window turned white. The layers snapshot after this is as:

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    wait: the volume slider is a vector shape? And you want to delete it? What if you just delete it?
    – Luciano
    Jun 14, 2016 at 12:49
  • @Luciano The volume slider is not vector shape. It is a part of the whole image and the whole image is a png image.
    – user
    Jun 14, 2016 at 13:00
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    I suppose you should be able to use quick mask or just brush it with the color, you're starting with quite a small image with a lot of noise. You'd get better results by redoing the whole thing using vector objects.
    – Luciano
    Jun 14, 2016 at 13:09
  • Brushing it makes pixelated colors. I don't know how to acheive this with quick mask.
    – user
    Jun 14, 2016 at 13:20
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    I don't understand if you have the shape, "semicircular ring shape which I used as a clipping mask," then why not use that as a Mask? Or you just don't know how?
    – Ryan
    Jun 22, 2016 at 13:21

1 Answer 1

  1. Using the Pen Tool draw a path around the slider. Make sure the Pen tool is set to draw a path, not a shape layer or pixels.

    (or use the shape tools, or copy the paths from your existing shape layers. It doesn't really matter as long as you have a path to work with)

    To use your shape to hide the part of the image it covers instead of revealing that part of the image, set your path to Subtract Front Shape in the options bar.

Path mode

Draw a Path

  1. With the correct layer selected in the layers panel, select your path, right click and select Create Vector Mask.

Create Vector Mask

  1. Your masked image:

Masked Image

You could also do the same thing with a selection and a layer mask, which would be more appropriate if you need varying levels of opacity in your mask.

If you want to destructively apply your mask you can right click the mask in the layers panel and select Rasterize Vector Mask, which will rasterize the mask, then you right click the mask again and select Apply Layer Mask.

  • In the 2nd step the create vector mask option in my photoshop is fainted and can't be selected. If I select the white-player layer then this option is available but clicking on it deletes the white player itself.
    – user
    Jun 29, 2016 at 11:48
  • Is the layer you want to mask selected in the layers panel? That's only reason it would be greyed out as far as I know
    – Cai
    Jun 29, 2016 at 11:51
  • Or if the layer already has a vector mask
    – Cai
    Jun 29, 2016 at 11:52
  • When I select the layer to be masked. It makes the volume slider visible and the rest of the image invisible -- exactly opposite of what I want.
    – user
    Jun 29, 2016 at 11:55
  • Oh yeh, my fault I left a bit out... I'll update my answer now!
    – Cai
    Jun 29, 2016 at 11:57

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