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07-25-2012, 07:03 PM
OT: Photoshop

Anyone recall how to use an editable Shape Layer (i.e. not rasterized) as a Layer Mask in Photoshop?


07-25-2012, 07:26 PM
Option click on the layer mask icon at the bottom of the layers pallet to get a vector mask. Then draw on the mask with the vector shapes and path tool.

Or you could put a layer that already has a vector mask below your other layers then option click on the line dividing it from the next layer up to clip the upper layer with the vector shape.


07-25-2012, 07:49 PM
VECTOR mask! Thank you so much! (Senility is no fun, kidz!)

--On my system, it's TWO clicks to get a Vector Mask (ctrl or alt has no effect). That is, you only get a Vector Mask after you have a Layer Mask.

Hmmm, now I actually need the inverse of this. --Simple enough: chose path, use option: subtract from shape area.

07-26-2012, 12:02 PM
using the vector mask, all you have to do is invert the layer; white to black, black to white.

07-26-2012, 12:09 PM
if you have a path or any other vector shape you can go to the menu and choose Layer/Vector mask / Current path

07-26-2012, 12:14 PM
Thanks for all the tips: I was afraid I was going to have to use Clipping Layers, and that always hurt mwa bwain.