"Clipping" image layer to shape layer

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Jake, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. Jake

    Jake Guest


    Firstly, I apologise if my terminology is a bit off in advance. I've a
    self taught, trial-and-error PS 7 user.

    I have a shape layer with various effects applied. What I want to do is
    map another (raster image) layer so that it will only show where the
    shape exists - making it appear as if the image has been applied to the

    I have tried "grouping" (?) the image layer above the shape layer (alt +
    click I believe) but this just makes the image layer disappear entirely.

    I know the above works when bother layers are raster based. Is it
    possible to do with a shape based layer as above?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Jake, Dec 13, 2004
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  2. Jake

    jjs Guest

    I don't understand what you are trying to do, but I suspect you want to
    separate the shape from the layer (blending) effects. A very good thing to
    do is right-click on the layer and take the pop-up option of 'create
    layers'. It will do what it implies - create layers of the various effects,
    leaving the shape on its own layer. That's the best of all worlds because
    you keep the original effects but you can also have your way with the shape
    and all the effects _as layers_ .

    Hope this helps,
    jjs, Dec 13, 2004
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  3. Jake

    edjh Guest

    Clipping is absolutely the correct term and what you described
    (grouping)is the right way to do it. If the image disappears perhaps
    there is something in a Style that is blocking it? A color or gradient
    overlay? Try turning the Style off and see if the object is there.
    edjh, Dec 13, 2004
  4. Jake

    Gadgets Guest

    You're on the right track - just put your image layer on top, then alt-click
    between that and your shape layer to make the clipping group.

    If you don't need a vector shape, then another way is to just use a layer
    mask on your image layer. A path can be loaded as a selection, then when
    you click the mask icon, it will load with the shape. Click the mask and
    Ctrl-I if you need to invert it...

    Cheers, Jason
    Photo folio:
    Gadgets, Dec 13, 2004
  5. Jake

    Jake Guest

    Ahh. You're right - a gradient overlay is what's causing the problem.
    Thanks. However, I'm not sure how to solve this. I wish to have the
    shape, with the gradient overlay, and then a raster layer clipped to the
    shape (on top of the gradient).

    Is this possible? Is the solution in what jjs and Gadgets suggested -
    specifically performing a 'create layers' operation on the shape layer?

    Thanks for your advice everyone.

    Jake, Dec 13, 2004
  6. Jake

    edjh Guest

    Try changing the Blending Mode of the Gradient overly from inside the
    Styles dialog. Click on Gradient Overlay and look for the Blending Mode
    dropdown. Multiply or Overlay may give you what you want.
    edjh, Dec 14, 2004
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