Questions tagged [mask]

Questions about masks; in this context they are a way to control and manipulate the visibility of specific areas of an image. Ask anything related to using masks in graphic design software.

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Prevent Photoshop from masking Adjustment Layers by default

Is there a way to prevent Photoshop from including a mask with each Adjustment Layer I add (unless I have an active selection)? More times than not, I don't use a mask on an Adjustment Layer. But when ...
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Trying to put a guide layer within a mask

I'm doing an animation with a planet revolving around an object. I used a guide layer to create the animation so that the planet goes along the ellipse. In order for the planet to go behind the object,...
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Export in .dxf taking into account the masks Inkscape

I' m looking for a way to make sure that the .dxf export doesn't include elements outside of a mask. If such a function exists, it would be the simplest, otherwise you have to remove the mask and all ...
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Illustrator - Clipping Mask inside a Bubble font

From looking at this screenshot, I would like to put the pattern inside the text but keep the thick black outline. It is a bubble writing font. I have created 2 layers. One for the text, one for the ...
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Illustrator: Opacity Mask is not moving/resizing along with object it masks, if the masked object is a Mesh object

I need to move/resize the artwork which includes an opacity masked object, in which both the mask and the object being masked are different Gradient Mesh objects. In the Transparency panel, no matter ...
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In Photoshop CC how can I start editing on top of a layer mask

I have a background layer (under exposed image layer), second layer (over exposed image layer), I applied the layer mask on second layer to blend. I have set the second layer's opacity to 25%. Now, I ...
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Inkscape: alternative to setting a mask to a group of objects in order to achieve slight transparency of said objects

I cannot seem to properly apply a simple mask to a group of two ellipses (in order to make it slightly transparent) with Inkscape 0.92.4. The resulting image becomes completely transparent instead of ...
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How to select text and keep a background color within its selection?

This may be a confusing title as I am not quite sure what the proper terminology is. I have a font that is grungy/broken and not completely solid. I added a background layer of black, and I want to ...
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How to manually blur more layers at once in Photoshop

I am working on a map exported from GIS software. It is on a white background and has very sharp edges. When I try to automatically blur the edge it is not working well because it is curved a lot. I ...
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Composite two images to reduce glare in label

Image I want to use but has a glare on labels Image that has no glare on label I want us the image with the completely blown out white background, but replace its label with the one in the other ...
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How make all layer masks of different layers on GIMP affect just one layer?

I'm colorizing black and white pics. At first I started just creating one layer over the black and white pic, setting the layer mode to "overlay" and painting with a normal brush. Then I realized this ...
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How to select the Shape to use as Mask in XD?

I have 2 rectangles, a big one and a small one. The big one has round edges. If I select both of them and click to "Mask with Shape", Adobe XD will always use the small rectangle as the mask, but I ...
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Where to find stock images (portraits) with transparent background

I'm looking for a place to find stock images, specifically portraits, that come with a pre-masked background, so I can easily replace it. Does anyone know a source, or a way to filter for that type of ...
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photoshop coloring with an outline, refine edge

n photoshop I imported the black outline of a character for coloring. I want to create a quick mask so that I can't color outside the character's outer perimeter. Since the character's outline is ...
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Normalise black and white in Photoshop

I have some images like this one: As you can see, the top and the bottom of the image are darker. I'd like to normalise the black and white contrast for all the image, in other words, I don't want ...
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Releasing Masks in Sketch

I'm working on a library in Sketch, an I have made the icons with color masks, but I need to change them to color styles. Is there any way to release mask in a group of icons at once? Thank you
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Brush Opacity changes after Making Mask in Illustartor

Following this great tutorial by Gigantic about creating "grainy gradient", I face a problem after masking. I have two layers: 1st one is the object itself which is a [Rectangle] and another Group ...
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How can I use multiple layers as a subtractive mask for a single layer in After Effects?

I am trying use the three lines as a subtractive mask for the circle. Each line is it's own layer that animates over the circle. What I tried: 1.) Using TrkMat to mask the one of the lines. (this ...
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How to create light mask from image?

Basically there a 3D logo png I created with another software that can't do animation nor masks (exemple: https://www.pixelslogodesign.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/sculpteo-3D-300x300.jpg). I ...
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Using the Opacity Mask on Illustrator

I'm trying to add texture to the layer with the bushes using an opacity mask, but the texture is cutting around the shapes on the layer that is below. I want to apply the mask to only the top layer ...
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How can I create a splatmask in Photoshop?

I'd like to create a randomized splatmask like this one to represent the distribution of vegetation. For example, black means no vegetation, green means small rocks, red means some foliage and blue ...
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Automating the masking of a moving object on a static background image? (image to alpha?)

Say I have a still background image. And I have a number of images where a hand comes into the foreground infront of that background image and moves around. If I wanted to mask that hand out of the ...
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How to paint black mask in After Effects?

Ok, I have some custom effects that I need to paint a mask for in an animation - my idea was either to use After Effects or Premiere. I'd prefer AE. Basically what I need is to be able to paint with ...
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AI to PDF, mask over photo doesn't show

I layered a gradient over a photo and masked it to create a fade. When I save the file as a PDF and place the file in an email the image doesn't show the fade. I've saved it every way I can think of ...
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How to get a layer's dimensions (including transparent border)?

I need to know the dimensions of a masked layer with transparent area to resize it to the same dimensions of another layer. If use the bounds data I get the dimensions of the pixels, but not the ...
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gimp: use modifiable layer as mask of another layer

I have text cutting out pieces (letters) from background layer using alpha to selection on the text and using that selection as mask for the background layer (like in this question how can i make ...
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Easier or smarter method to apply a texture over multiple layered parts of an image

Because I don't have the artistic talent needed, I often Google random images with the overall shape I need/want and modify it by recolouring or by applying "textures" — quotes because I'm using this ...
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How to move freely a multiple cropped shapes from an image

I'm trying to crop multiple circles from an image. I grouped the circles and applied : Object -> compound path -> make; whereas the image I made it a clipping mask, and then used the pathfinder tools ...
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Can I drag and drop layer as another layer mask in Photoshop?

I have a black and white layer in Photoshop. I want to drag and drop that layer quickly on another layer as a layer mask. Is it possible? Current workflow I'm using is: Select b/w layer Ctrl+A to ...
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Gray out the whole svg except for a g

I have a group of objects. It is a <g> of two rectangles. Also I have some other objects behind and in front of the group. Now I want to gray out everything except the group. How could I do that?...
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Saving a Layer Mask

How can I save the following mask as a PNG image ? I pressed Alt + Right-click on the mask to get the following image but I don't know how to export it
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How to convert a color fill layer into a mask?

I created several color fill layers that I thought were layer masks, is it possible to change it to layer masks? The color fills are silhouettes, so a basic shape that looks like a layer mask. any ...
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Background gradient mask layer effect

I'm a newbie using gimp. I would like to make a banner like the picture below, a white color banner with some fade background color. Please advise. Thanks.
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How can I extend the pattern in a group layer mask?

I'm fairly new to photoshop (currently using CC 2015) so I apologise for any incorrect use of terminology and if I'm asking a stupid question. I created an A6 document and followed instructions to ...
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Inverted layer mask not working as expected [duplicate]

Consider the following gradient: Now I create a solid color layer and copy-paste the gradient as its layer mask. Where the mask is white I got 100% opacity and where the mask is black I got 0% ...
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Can't delete selection from mask in Photoshop

Please look at the picture below - I selected an area from a mask, when I hit delete key, it just paints that area as white. If I select whole canvas and hit delete, the whole area gets white. All I ...
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Illustrator Opacity Mask Not Fully Hiding Object [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a logo and I'm having trouble cutting out part of a line. I'm trying to use an opacity mask to do this because using the pathfinder tool changes how the lines look. The problem I'm ...
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How do I do a mask in Illustrator like Photoshop where both layers show?

For example, I want to draw a teal circle with part of an orange circle on it. When I select them both and choose "make clipping mask", it gives me the correct orange part, but the teal part is now ...
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How to extract the shadows from this image and make the white transparent?

I would like to make a template using this image and make multiple outputs with different textured images as a clipping mask. I tried recreating it using inner shadows but was not successful (I'm a ...
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Name for Stripe Pattern & Implementing It in PhotoShop or Illustrator

I'm looking for the name of this style of striping, as well as how I might go about implementing it as, say, a vector mask. See below the image for additional thoughts. Specifically, this striping ...
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How to clear or mask certain areas of a glow (effect)?

I need to clear the outside glow (in the green area) in order to have the glow only in the inside area of the diamond I've tried the eraser tool and a layer mask but no success. The only way that I ...
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Color Masking Effect in Photoshop

I am a game developer. I am trying to achieve background effect they used in game called Guns of Boom. As seen on the screenshot, background image has some kind of masking effect which gave it a ...
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How can I edit a layer mask like a normal layer in Photoshop?

I want to just edit it as a black-and-white image, like any normal layer.
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Is it possible to maintain position when pasting into a layer mask?

The question says it all I think. When I paste into a layer mask, the pasted pixels re-orientate themselves into the centre of the image. But I would like them to maintain the exact position they ...
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How do I invert the Clipping Mask in Illustrator to hide a stroke path using a shape?

Is there a way to mask a path stroke with a random (filled) shape? So in this example, I want to mask the end of the path (stroke) with a random shape, the problem is that I can't figure out how to ...
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How can I crop a photo to this shape?

I have very little experience with photoshop and I'm trying to crop a photo to a particular shape for a project. This is the shape I need: From what I can understand I can do this with a mask but I'...
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Transforming a mask preview into an actual image

I have a color photo that I'm editing in Photoshop this way: select > color range > Midtones Layer > New adjustment layer > Hue/Saturation When I do ALT+click on the mask thumbnail in the layers ...
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How, in Illustrator, do I release a clipping mask without releasing masks contained by that group?

Example: Illustrate a fake "painting" to go in a scene, and apply a clipping mask to bound it to the frame. Group whole scene and apply clipping mask to the layer, or to the group if there are ...
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Why does a clipping mask layer sit below the layer that can be seen, instead of on top?

It seems backwards to me that the clipping mask layer is below the layer that you want masked. If I'm looking down through the layers, why wouldn't the clipping mask layer be on top of the layer I ...
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how do I make a custom gradient shape mask or vector mask that is gradually transparent on one side only?

Using Vector masks or layer masks, In photoshop CC, how do I make a custom gradient shape mask or vector mask that has a gradient on one side only? A side that is curved and the gradient should follow ...

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