Photoshop Clipping Group

Creating a clipping group Removing a layer from clipping group

Using a clipping group, you can mask artwork on one layer using an image from another layer. In a clipping group, the bottom most layer(base layer), masks or controls the shape of any successive layers.

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For example, suppose you have an image of a cat on one layer, a texture on the underlying layer (Fig1). If you define these two layers as a clipping group, the image appears only through the shape on the base layer(ie the text layer) and take on the opacity of the base layer (FIg2).

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Creating a clipping group

• Click the cat layer(in the layers palette) to make it active.
• Choose Layer > Group with Previous.The cat layer is now clipped to the text layer and is masked by the shape of the text.(OR Link together the desired layers in the Layers palette and then choose Layer > Group Linked. )

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• Hold down Alt, position the pointer over the solid line dividing two layers in the Layers palette (the pointer changes to two overlapping circles), and click.

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Note that when you add layers to a clipping group, some changes take place in the Layers palette. The name of the base layer of the group is underlined(here cat layer), and any layers above the base layer that are the part of the clipping group are indented. In addition, the solid lines separating the group layers change to dotted lines.

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To remove a layer from a clipping group

• In the Layers palette, select a layer in the clipping group and choose Layer > Ungroup.(This command removes the selected layer and any layers above it from the clipping group.)
• Hold down Alt , position the pointer over the dotted line separating two grouped layers in the Layers palette (the pointer changes to two overlapping circles), and click.

To ungroup all layers in a clipping group:

• In the Layers palette, select the base layer in the clipping group.
• Choose Layer > Ungroup.

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