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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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How can I make a symbol's bounding box match its clipping mask?

I have a symbol which is clipped. When I place the symbol into document, I can't adjust the size of clipped object. In fact transform shows me unclipped bounding box. Above on the left side ...
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Layer Comps misalign my layer masks and adjustment layers

I have encountered a problem, or at least an annoyance, with the way that "Layer Comps" work with linked layers. I understand the reason for the design choice and I am not claiming it to be a bug, ...
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How to copy a clipping mask in illustrator without both the copies not being linked to each other?

I tried copying the clipping mask by holding alt and dragging the mask, but when I "release" one mask, both the masks are released. Is there a way to copy the path I created with the pen tool? I ...
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Trying To Delete Inverse Shape Around An Object In Illustrator CS5

I am new to Illustrator and am still trying to wrap my mind around the concept of vector shapes. In Photoshop, I used to make a glare very easily. I would write text and then I would put a ...
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How can I achieve this stamp / photocopy effect?

this is my first question, cause usually I find the answer I'm looking for on the forums. That image was made with Sketcher effect with Pics Art app for Android. How could I mimic it using Photoshop? ...
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Mask electrical schematic diagram

I have a schematic diagram that I would like to show as a process illustration, but would like to hide its details and protect from copying. Any ideas how to graphically solve this task while keeping ...
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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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How to manage overlapping shadows without using clipping masks in vector illustrations

When I make vector images in Illustrator I often end up using a stylistic, almost cel shaded designs. When I want to give "shadowed" areas to an object for example, I usually just make a new object/...
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How to decontaminate black edges on hair

I have a pretty decent knowledge of Photoshop, and have used masks and levels etc to remove backgrounds a fair bit (as well as the edge refinement tools they have now). I am having a tricky time ...
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How can I create SVG clipping masks?

I want to take a circle that has a blue border and a picture inside, and clip the picture so it fits inside the circle nicely. I'd prefer to use very small files, perhaps cut down in sprites. Once I ...
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Fastest way to replace mask with current selection (Photoshop)

Situation: I want to use the current selection as a mask on layer X. Layer X already has a mask, and I want to completely replace it. If layer X didn't already have a mask, I could do this in one ...
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Creating black grunge effect on white text in illustrator [closed]

I am fairly new to illustrator, have searched for the answer to this but having no luck. I am trying to add a grunge effect to white text using opacity mask and grunge textures, but it comes out grey, ...
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Applying Mask to the Effects in After Effects

As we see on the screenshot above, After Effects CC 2014 by default only applies the mask to the original layer, instead of final blurred image, resulting at a fuzz edge phenomenon when rending layers....
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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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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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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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How to mask a layer with shapes in photoshop?

It is really hard to explain, but kind of easy to understand once you actually see what I mean. I want to design a specific shape, and to make a layered mask "folder" and be able to add shapes into ...
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Applying same mask to multiple layers in Photoshop

I've got a bunch of puppies i need to mask in the same way as below, where each puppy will be within a shadowed circle: I got the first one working using a layer mask, but now i want an easy way to ...
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How to feather vector mask?

The headline is actual question:) I want to add vector mask to the layer, but I want to soften it's edges because it looks a bit unnatural compared to the rest of the photo, thanks
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Gimp: Copy layer 1 to layer 2's mask

Pretty straight forward question, say in Gimp I have an image with 2 layers in question, one is temporary, I want to use it as the mask for the other. How can I transfer a layer into the mask of ...
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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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how to make a layer mask and save it as black and white jpeg [closed]

i want to make a layer mask in photoshop. after that i want to save the layer mask as a black and white JPEG. i want to use this black and white JPEG as a mask in photoscan. how do i do that?
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Copying & Pasting inverted image in GIMP

I have a basic image that is black on a white background. I simply want to invert the image, take the now white portion and paste it on another image in GIMP. I am having no luck. Within GIMP, I ...
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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 colour a group of objects with transparent circles?

A colleague has asked me to change her sloppy pixel-based logo design into a vector. Now, I'm a long-time photoshop user who's just getting started with Illustrator. So naturally... I'm all confused :...
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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 convert a picture into black lines and a transparent background?

I've looked at a couple of previous questions, but I haven't been able to apply it to my question. I'm trying to extract the black from this picture (so I can turn it into a vector later in ...
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How to crop everything hidden by an vector OPACITY mask in Adobe Illustrator?

I have lot of objects which are bounded by opacity mask. I need to get rid of my opacity mask, clipping each object where it intersects with my mask. It is a lot of hassles to do it manually. Is ...
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In Photoshop, is there a way to turn a vector object into a mask and keep it editable?

I often make objects in Illustrator, and then bring them into Photoshop to use them as a mask, by selecting the pixels of the layer, and then applying it as a mask to another. The downside to this is ...
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Add and edit background in GIMP

This is my first question here and I'm not a graphic designer, just need to change some 'ground truth', as we call it in computer vision to train a conv. neural net. There is an image, size HxWx3 and ...
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Adobe Illustrator Transparent Mask

I'm not much of a graphic artist, but I try to learn how to do new things. I learned how to use the Extrude & Bevel to create a 3D effect. I like the result. But I'm using the resulting graphic ...
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Multiple masks in Photoshop

How do I add multiple masks to a layer in Photoshop CS3? I already created one mask for chain link fence so that the fence would appear between a person and his original background: Now I would like ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How to create a clipping mask

I have this logo I am working on. I have 2 questions: 1) I have a white circle behind the 4. I'd like to use that circle as a clipping mask for the 4 so that the 4 fits perfectly within that white ...
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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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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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How to preserve a drop shadow and outline when clipping?

I’m trying to make an icon of the Australian flag overlayed onto a map of Australia for an Android app at work, but I cannot figure out how to get the drop shadow and outline to be clipped too. ...
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Select Mask Content (Intersection rather than Union) in Inkscape

When creating a mask, the resulting cut-out will have the selection size of the object which has parts "cut off" via the mask. This makes sense for scaling but it is cumbersome for moving and ...
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How do I apply a Photoshop filter to fixed parts of an image?

I have screenshots in multiple languages. Some (50) parts of the screenshot are private. I would like to use crystalize filter to pixelate those parts out. All screenshots have these private parts :) ...
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Photoshop CC Generate Ignores “Layer Mask Hide Effects” option

I have made a simple tab UI with 3 possible buttons, left, center and right. The first thing I wanted to do was to simply make one big tab (which includes the left and right and center parts in itself)...
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Vector mask adjustment layer in Photoshop

I'm working on a calendar. I have a grid of rectangle shapes that outline the days. I'm trying to make a different adjustment layer for each day applied to a background. It's basically working fine....
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Apply graphic styles to objects in a clip group

I can't seem to apply graphic styles to objects if they're behind a clipping mask. I encountered this problem when I wanted to use graphic styles in order to change the fill colour of a symbol ...
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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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How to remove clipping mask in Illustrator?

I accidentally added a clipping mask on my business card design. I must have pressed a button and I can't seem to undo it. I went to Object->Clipping Mask->Release but they are grayed out. What ...
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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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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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Why doesn't my opacity mask fully hide my object?

I've got a problem with masking. I've made an object and masked it over. The masking effect is visible, but it should go behind the object. The transparent part should be at 0% visibility, but ...
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GIMP Scaling Groups of layer masks

Using GIMP it's possible to link a number of layers together and scale them together. However I have about 5 layers each with a layer mask that fit together - I would like to scale these together with ...
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Can you view the layer mask in GIMP?

In GIMP, after adding a layer mask, and editing, is there a way (or even a plugin) to let you view the layer mask right on the canvas? I know that you can see a miniature copy of the layer mask in ...
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Illustrator compound path and clipping mask

I'm having an issue with a compound path and a clipping mask. It's driving me absolutely crazy. There is a very fine outline which I can't seem to get rid of. I've attached screenshots to better-...
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Photoshop shows outline around mask when exported to PDF

I have a file in Photoshop CS5 that has a photo on a layer that is cropped with a clipping mask (just a black rectangle). In Photoshop the image appears correctly but when I save as a PDF and open ...