Using Clipping Masks in Photoshop to Modify Textures

Note: This video was originally published in my old blog, Photo Artist Textures.

This video shows how to use adjustment layers and clipping masks to modify your textures selectively and non-destructively in your Photoshop file.

A review of the Photoshop commands

To create a clipping mask, select the layer and then do one of the following:

  • From the Layer Panel menu, choose Create Clipping Mask.
  • Hold down Option (Mac) or Alt (PC) and click between the clipping mask layers.
  • With the clipping Mask Layer selected, hold down Command + Option + G (Mac) or Control + Alt + G (PC)

To release the clipping mask, select the layer and use any of the above commands again.

An additional note: you can use the layer mask in the adjustment layer to selectively reveal some of the original texture.



2 Responses to Using Clipping Masks in Photoshop to Modify Textures

  1. Anita Bower April 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Thank you for this clear explanation. This new tool will be most helpful to me in working with textures.
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