How to mask shapes in Photoshop tutorial

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Mask shapes in Photoshop

how to mask a shape in Photoashop tutorial
  1. Select Photoshop custom shape tool (or ellipse etc) and set to shape layer option for masks

  2. Select shape and color and apply

  3. Goto the layer menu and select Layer mask and 'reveal all'

  4. Goto layer menu and select the layer mask thumbnail (right side thumbnail)

  5. Set shape option to fill / pixel mode and color to black and apply to document

  6. To return to 'normal', just click the layer thumbnail instead of the mask

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Restore to default state : restoreIt can also be modified at any point. You can also simply restore it back to the default layer mask by filling it with white (or just delete it via the right click menu)


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Basics : basicYou can apply a vector layer (ellipse, rectangle etc) and the entire vector layer is used. You can by using the above approach just use half of it or a faded version of it. You can 'cut' out a whole chunk of the image or perhaps the edges only. The original layer is still there but not just so visible.


The key thing is the layer menu and the reveal all command and then the thumbnail in the layers panel. Click that and use the tools to modify that. Only add and remove from the thumbnail on the right.


Modify using brushes and more : brushesYou don't have to use just black as you can use gradients etc to make much more interesting modifications to the artwork.


You can use numerous other sources to modify the artwork such as using the vector itself (as a pixel fill) or using other presets or brush strokes or patterns etc.


Modify using effects : effectsYou can also add effects etc to modify the result and then changing the appearance of the design.


You need something to work with so if you only have a white background for the mask then there will be no change. Fill it with something such as a gradient and then use effects such as the twirl filter

Functions : deleteYou can also right click the thumbnail and disable it as well as delete.


You can also combine it with selections via those commands.


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