Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tip #83. A clipping mask is a way to control what is visible. It requires two layers. The bottom layer is the shape that you want to use. The top layer is the image you want visible inside the shape. Make the top layer the active layer. When you press Command - Option - G or Control – Alt- G, the top layer is now visible inside the shape. The best part is that using your Move tool, you can adjust the top layer so exactly what you want will be visible. You don’t have to keep the cursor inside your clipped shape. This doesn’t work to put a photo inside a frame. What will happen is that the photo becomes the frame. I am deliberately not being specific about the bottom shape, as long as it isn’t a selection.