I'm trying to measure the distance between multiple grouped items with the ruler tool (holding CTRL and pointing to another object). However, Photoshop also includes the distance from hidden elements and special objects like overlaps from clipping masks in its calculation.

Is there a way not to include these?

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You have at least 2 options to do that:

  1. Creating a shape layer exactly like the same mask, by hitting Ctrl + J while the layer is selected.
  2. Calculate the distance from the clipping mask to the object, by selecting the clipping mask layer and holding Ctrl and pointing the desired object.
  • I want to calculate everything EXCEPT the clipping mask, because it's messing up the dimensions.
    – Levano
    Commented Sep 4, 2017 at 13:41
  • You don't want to include overlapping layers in measuring margins, paddings, etc. If it's that what's you're asking, try those two options and it should work. Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 14:36

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