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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Using placed Illustrator file as clipping mask in InDesign

I'm having an issue working out how to create a clipping mask with placed (not copy and pasted) illustrator artwork. I have an icon set that I manage in illustrator. I create an artboard per icon and ...
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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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Gimp clipping mask doesn't work any longer

Up until recently I was able to scale images in Gimp without any problem, but I have may touched something and now everything that goes beyond the original size boundary gets cropped. I have made sure ...
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Inkscape Clip Shape and Filter

The top layer has a drop shadow, but the shadow should not have any effect on the transparent area outside of the circle. I tried using duplicating the circle and using Path-->Intersection, but ...
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Sketch-app: How do I edit an existing image mask?

I can mask an image in Sketch by selecting the image and then clicking the "mask" button. I then have the ability to define the shape of the masking object. After the image is masked, if I double ...
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Removing Hidden Data in PDF with Illustrator

I have a certain PDF containing data plots generated and exported with Wolfram Mathematica. It is a highly zoomed in version of the dataset, and sadly Wolfram seems to export all of the data, and ...
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Photoshop: Cutting path out of layer

Having trouble cutting the path out from the above image. I managed to cut the outside with a layer mask, but when i do that now for this it crops just that area. Do I need to invert it somehow?
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Clip raster image with bezier curve shape in Inkscape

I have a raster image that I'm trying to 'cut out' a part of (then follow it with feathering + blending etc), I draw an "outline" with the bezier curve tool, afterwards making sure to close the newly ...
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How to apply filled mask to an audio spectrum layer?

Sorry if the question may appear confusing, I will try to explain as clearly as possible. I have created an audio spectrum layer and I'm trying to apply a filled mask to it. See first image: I drew a ...
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How do I create a transparent image that is the diff of two images in gimp?

I have two images that are very similar, let's say image A is the base image and image B is the image that slightly differs. I need to extract all the parts of image B that differs from the base image ...
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Photoshop CC 2017 - Why is lasso tool cropping image when used in Select And Mask?

I photograph a leaf on a blue background. The original image is 6000x4000. I want to make the background transparent. So I use the Color Range selection tool to select most of the blue background. ...
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making part of image semi-transparent

I have tried many ways using a layer mask (such as this one) to accomplish this but could not get the result I expect. I have this image: I would like to make the square outline semi-transparent say ...
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masking 3 different colors

So I'm using Adobe Illustrator and I've got three colors, white, and two different shades of gray. when I make a mask with all three colors it turns out great, but when I put the new graphic in front ...
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How to create a partial clipping mask?

I want to create an image similar to this. How can I clip mask only half of the image into the object while the rest of half still stays in the full image? In the attached image, half of 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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How to “mask” a shape and preserve vector-nature?

Foreword: OK so I really should be working in a vector software like Illustrator--unfortunately I don't have access to Ai at the moment. My question is, how can I "mask" off part of a shape in ...
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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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Illustrator: Opacity Mask Makes Image Grayscale

I have text that I am trying to turn into a opacity mask, but when I do the image that I am masking turns into grayscale. Any ideas why?
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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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Photoshop - Knock out hair from busy background [duplicate]

I've tried going through a variety of tutorials, and have seen a variety of techniques for knocking out people from backgrounds in Photoshop...but none seem to show how to properly clip hair if the ...
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Is it possible to convert a png into a shape in Sketch?

I want to subtract a PNG (leaf shape) from an image, but the subtract option is not active. Seems that Sketch does not recognize my leaf png as a "shape". I did not find a way to convert the png into ...
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Sketch circular icon export clipped

I am a relative sketch / design newbie. I am trying to creating a simple check mark icon embedded in a green circle. The problem is the clipping on top of the circle on all sides. My sketch file ...
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How to add continuous text to a shape that was created with shape builder tool in illustrator?

I need a continuous text in a shape that has been built with a shape builder tool (Let's say doughnut shape). I need the text to continuously flow in the "doughnut", and leave the inside circle empty. ...
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Trying to get pattern into specific shape - GIMP

I am trying to get a specific pattern into a shape with GIMP using layer masks. But i cannot make it work, either the layer mask is grayscale for some reason or i cant get the pattern to show. This ...
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AI CC: gradient opacity mask from one object, assigned to another

First question here. Decent knowledge of Photoshop, perhaps even better of After Effects (quite competent software actually even for graphic design, at least web-targeted). At the moment, however, I'...
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How to make a b&w mask identical with the image in photoshop?

I've got a simple hair image and want to create a b&w mask for it. I've selected the black color via Select-->Color Range and then inverted selection. Finally I've painted the selection with pure ...
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Masking a shape out of symbol in Sketch 3

I am trying to mask a shape from a symbol in Sketch. In Illustrator I would just use an inverse clipping mask but Sketch doesn't seem to have that option. I am trying to subtract the square from the ...
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Photoshop: Using level layers to adjust a mask

I need to use leveling layers to adjust the gradients of my layer mask. However, Photoshop doesn't support that. I tried using a clipping mask, but a clipping mask uses the alpha channel, not the ...
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Knockout, Page Knockout, Subtract, or Compound Shape. When to use which?

I often see suggestions of using Compound Paths, Subtracting Front Shape, or Knockout (or even Page Knockout!) in the creation of vector graphics, for example, in Illustrator. When should each be used?...
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Mask Gray in Photoshop

I want to make everything that is 50% Gray in Photoshop trasnaprent. Black and White should be 100%, but all in the middle transparent. Let's compare these to images to demonstrate: Start: Goal: ...
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Remove (or mask) a specific colour from multiple layers CS5

This question seems to have been asked a number of times but either the requirements are different or I'm not able to follow the answers. I have an animated GIF that was created using a third party ...
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In GIMP, how to get a selection from a mask?

Let's say I paint a mask in GIMP and I want to convert that to a selection for applying filters, etc. What are the steps for doing this? Using this sample image from Pixabay we'll create a mask for ...
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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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Draw curved line that clips text with transparency in Illustrator

I am using Illustrator CS6 and I have some text and want to create a curved line from the bottom left of the text to the bottom right that has a uniform vertical curve to it. Then I want to clip the ...
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Select compound paths under a path but keep edges

Background: I've created a word cloud, and I'd like to clip it to a predefined path. The problem is that words on the edge are getting trimmed halfway, I'd like to keep the whole word. The question is:...
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How to effectively replace color from a range?

GIMP provides a very handy way of replace or rather Rotating color from one range to another but rotating the range of black is rather hard from this. The Gray option is a bit hard in a way that it ...
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How to use a shape as a vector mask?

My goal is a rectangular vector mask that I can freely resize without resizing the masked layer, but I'm confused about the interplay between shapes and vector masks: I can't figure out how to ...
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Clipping mask problem

I have an image and a compound path. I want to create a clipping mask for this group of objects in Illustrator. But I'm facing this problem: (random image for this post) Where is the problem? Do ...
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How to delete a specific shape from an image without rasterizing the shape?

I have the following image: I want to cut the volume slider and acheive the following result: Actually I made this a month ago. But now when I tried using the same method it is not working. I ...
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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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Create blended layer with mask and text

I have a simple text layer and a texture layer. I want to use the texture layer to texture the text using blending modes and opacity. I want the texture to only show through on the text... but I want ...
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Masking Problems in Illustrator (Is it a bug?)

All right. So I just want to add a certain pattern (made from objects) to my text for an interesting and satisfying effect. However, when it normally tends to just work with any object. I just need ...
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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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Adding border to masked image in sketch

I am currently in the process of trying to cut part of a circle while still displaying the full image that is masked. It might be easier to show an example. I am trying to do something like this: ...
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How to copy illustrator opacity mask via script?

Situation - I have a group that contains some objects partially covered by opacity mask to emulate blurred edge. It is very easy to copy-paste such group in Illustrator - and copied group contais the ...
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What is this procedure called in Photoshop

I am a beginner in Photoshop and trying to emulate a template, but now I'm stuck. I don't know how to name the procedure marked by the arrow. So I have a picture which is masked by another layer. Can ...
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Why is my mask in PS semi transparent?

I am trying to remove part of an image, but each time I add a mask, that mask is always semi transparent. Opacity and Fill settings for the brush I am using are set to 100% and blending modes are set ...
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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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SVG mask not working

I have an SVG vector object that consists of a few paths, some of which need to be masked. For this I've made 5 SVG masks. All of them seem to be working (i.e. masking their respective object), ...
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should i apply the layer mask on the layer i've been working on before closing it?

I'm working on an artwork I did by hand for an invitation, cleaning it up in Photoshop... When I finish editing, should I apply the layer mask on the layer I've been working on before closing it? (...

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