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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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How do I paste into a layer's mask in Photoshop?

When I paste Cmd+V a new layer is created instead of pasting into the layer's mask that I created. What I'm trying to do is take a black and white layer and make it the mask of a all white layer. ...
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Photoshop CS5, how to create a layer mask from a layer?

I have a layer in Photoshop that I'd like to use as a layer mask, is this at all possible? It's a black & white layer with some gradients that I would like to apply to another layer that's a ...
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Trim a Clipping Mask in Illustrator?

Is it possible to trim a clipping mask in Illustrator? I have an image that I created a mask for, but the entire image is so much larger than the space I need, I would like to crop the rest of the ...
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How to copy a layer's mask photoshop?

In photoshop, I have a layer with a mask. I want to duplicate this mask to then apply it to another layer. How can I do that?
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How can I mask out airplane propellers properly?

I have this image which I wish to mask out the propellers properly. I thought maybe Refine Edge would do the work but it didn't success. I would like to know what kind of tools I probably should use ...
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Photoshop: how can I see both the mask and the masked contents?

When I have a photo with a mask in Photoshop, I want to be able to edit this mask with a brush, e.g. I want to remove the sky from the photo. But as far as I know, I can only view the mask or the ...
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How do I feather a mask in Sketch?

This same question was marked as a duplicate, so it never got answered here: Sketch: How to get a feathered mask? This is not a duplicate. I'm asking about Sketch, not Photoshop.
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Convert image into mask

I have a green background picture with some shadows. I would like to use it as a mask so I can place it on background with any color (e.g. red or pink) and get the same style of shadows. I tried ...
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How do you apply a clipping mask to multiple layers in Photoshop?

I have 20 multiple images in different layers withon a Photoshop file. I want to apply one clipping mask for all the layers. I grouped all layers and tried but the clipping mask option is disabled. ...
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How do you change the color of multiple shape layers at once in Photoshop?

I have a series of shape layers that I am using to create a logo. These shape layers are not directly above or below each other. Instead, they are spaced out between a series of other shape layers. ...
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How to create a nondestructive gradient mask over an object? [duplicate]

I'm trying to create a mask with a nondestructive gradient. So far I have managed to create my shape in a smart object and the masking gradient in another smart object. My mask looks like this: The ...
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Text silhouette; change color in middle of a letter illustrator

Does anyone know how to change colors in letters to appropriately represent silhouette? A perfect example is the opening for the movie Superbad: The 'U' is perfectly a U while having the right change ...
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How to use After Effects Trim Path with an Illustrator Path

I imported my Illustrator file into After Effects. I then turned the Vector layer into a shape layer. I added a trim path to the shape but the trim path does some weird start to end point mask. ...
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Is it possible to create a kind of horizontal "invert mask" in CSS?

I have two blocks (div elements) with one black on the top background-color: black and one white on the bottom. Is it possible to have a piece of text that straddles the two zones with inverted ...
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How to Insert an Image in to an Ellipse and Hide Overflowing Parts

I'm trying to insert an image in to an ellipse shape layer, I need to hide the overflowing parts around the circle/ellipse. How do I insert an image in to a circular selection and hide the parts that ...
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How to create a gradient opacity mask in Illustrator

I was having an issue earlier, where I wanted to create a simulated reflection on the floor beneath a vector object made up of many smaller paths, while still maintaining full transparency of my final ...
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How do I reduce the luminance of this sky without it looking weird?

This is a picture I took yesterday: The sky is a bit too washed out for me so I'd like to crank down the luminance of the blue. Camera Raw makes a valiant effort but the crane trusses and other ...
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How can the excess be removed from a clipping mask?

I created a clipping mask out of an image 3125x1042: this: to this: Unfortunately, when I save the image as PNG and JPEG, It still retains the size of the original image. 3125x1042. How do I get ...
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How do I edit an existing layer mask in Photoshop?

How can I edit the mask that is being applied to this layer?
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How to edit clip path?

The Inkscape FAQ states: In fact, if you use a path as the clipping object, you can actually edit the clip path without having to Release it. First select the clipped object, then choose the Node ...
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GIMP: How to apply a mask to multiple layers?

I'm new to GIMP, so I'm having trouble accomplishing the following: I want to apply the same layer mask to all of my layers without having to merge them. If this is not possible, the end result I'm ...
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How to color overlay an icon with multiple colors?

Is there a way (ideally using Sketch) to do a single color overlay over an icon that has multiple colors – while preserving the original icon's different shades? I'm trying to turn the blue folder ...
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How can I get Illustrator to respect the rounded corners on the top shape when creating a mask?

I have two shapes (left) and I have added rounded corners to the rectangle on the top one using the "Rounded Corners" menu item. When I select the two shapes and choose "create mask" I want ...
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Cut out text from a layer

I'm a Photoshop n00b, working with version CS6. I'm trying to fix up a PSD I was sent from my client so I can convert it to HTML and CSS. Here's a screenshot of some layers I've extracted, that ...
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How do I delete an object over something, and have the shape of where it was stay with nothing there?

I apologize for the title, I can't explain for my life... But the problem i'm having is, I am trying to create a blank space over a letter. You can see in the screenshots that I have two elbow shapes ...
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Link a layer with a shape/vector mask in Photoshop

Simple question that I can't find the answer to. I have a layer with a photo that I got off the internet. I want this layer to have rounded corners. So I draw a rectangle with rounded corners in ...
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How to ignore objects outside clipping masks in symbols in Adobe Illustrator

I have created an illustration of a box out of 3 simple shapes in Adobe Illustrator CC. They are actually 3 clipping masks that clip 3 different embedded raster textures. I then turned the whole group ...
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Final size in Illustrator CS4 masked images

How do I find out the exact size of a graphic or image after it has a clipping mask applied in Illustrator? When you just select the image or do Ctrl+A it shows the entire image size(including the ...
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Inverse Clipping Mask?

I've used a clipping mask to obtain the top ribbon, but I was wondering how I could get the same effect with the bottom ribbon, where the ribbon is filled in with the horizontal lines. Thanks in ...
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Make words-art in Inkscape — How can I cut the words out of a shape?

I want to create a word-cloud or you call a tag-cloud, but I have a problem cutting the words out of the shape that I want. Anyway, here's the demo word-cloud: I want the yellow "DEMO" text to ...
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How to fade two images together in Sketch

Is it possible in Sketch3 to do a mask w/ a gradient to make these two images seemless? Basically this technique (for photoshop) http://www.wikihow.com/Fade-One-Image-Onto-Another-in-Photoshop ...how ...
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How to make a nondestructive mask in Inkscape?

I wish to achieve a white icon (final result is a white PNG image with transparency). For example - I want a white rectangle with the text "NOTHING HERE" subtracted from that rectangle (I want the ...
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How to convert clipping mask to individual paths?

I'm a programmer, not a designer. I'm handy with a graphics program as long as it doesn't require artistic abilities. However, I'm not sure about the correct terminology. I'm working with Adobe ...
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Gimp: Add text to Layer Mask?

I'd like to have a layer mask in Gimp that includes some text. I currently have a method of achieving this, but it's a little more crude than I'd like. In this image, the top text is a simple text ...
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How to edit a vector mask in Photoshop CS2?

This will sound astronomically simple, and you will indeed wonder how is it possible that I've never learned it. But: How do I quickly edit a vector mask in CS2?
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Merging 3 different-Not Crossing Shapes into 1 Path

I want to merge 3 letters into 1 path. Their paths simply don't touch or cross each other. So basically it means I have 3 different positioned shapes I need to merge. Is it possible? And the reason ...
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How to resize vector masks without changing the size-ratio of round corners of it?

Let's say that I have a vector mask of 200px-w 150px-h rectangle with 8 px curved corners. If I want to resize this to 100px-w 100px-h without changing the size-ratio of round corners, how do I do ...
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How do I merge layers without losing the layer mask?

I have two layers. My primary layer has a mask and the other layer is the one I used for stamp and healing. I want to combine them and retain the layer mask. As you see from my attempt above, the ...
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Krita: how to add imported image to a layer mask

I need to add an imported image mask to a transparency mask layer. I'm currently using Photoshop in my workflow and can import image masks created in blender and create layer masks with them, but ...
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Using background image as chroma key

This may be trivial, but I cannot figure out how to do it: I'm looking for a way (preferably in gimp or another open source application / plugin - I also have a rather old photoshop version) to remove ...
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How do I prevent a clipping mask from hiding layer effects?

Let's say that I have two layers: Layer 2: An image with an Outer Glow layer effect. Layer 1: An image that I want to use to mask Layer2. In the example below, Layer 1 is the white brush and Layer 2 ...
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Using an invert mask on one single layer

I'm stuck with this little thing, which should be extremely easy but I simply cannot achieve it the way I want it. Working with Photoshop CS5, I have a PSD with several layers, most of them being ...
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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 to erase part of shape in Photoshop?

I want to erase part of a rectangle but it gets erased in the way shown in the right hand image: I want to be like this:
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Photoshop - Extracting a transparent shadow from an image

I have a layer that contains a brushed metal texture. The layer has an inner shadow effect. I'd like to extract just that shadow with transparency, so I can later superpose the pure background and ...
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Apply stroke only to top layer of clipping mask

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CC. I have a clipping mask with text over colored rectangles. I want to apply stroke to the text in the clipping mask without applying stroke to the rectangles. This is ...
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Photoshop CS6: Using text to cut through a white block to reveal pic?

I'd like to cut through a white layer with text to reveal a pic underneath, in effect filling the text with the pic but still be able to preserve full text editing i.e. not rasterise? So far I have ...
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Help with video tutorial regarding Illustrator opacity mask

OK, so I'm following this tutorial: YouTube -- Illustrator Tutorial: Adding texture using a transparency mask --jump forward to 1:50 I do everything exactly as shown: first group object cut the ...
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Change whether an inkscape mask moves with objects

How do change the behaviour of a mask in Inkscape such that it either moves with the objects it is masking, or not. It seems to switch between the two at random at the moment. Also, how can I select ...
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Circular ProgressBar Animation

I want to create a simple circular progress animation with either Adobe After Effect or Adobe Flash or any other software that you may suggest. Something like this: Assuming that the graphic assets ...
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