placing layers within layers/objects within objects

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by graphics grunt, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. I know this is a really easy i used to do it quite a few years ago
    in a snap...but yesterday i drew a complete blank.

    Task:. I needed to place some photos inside the major continents of the

    I brought in each continent from Illy and they were all on their own layers.
    I then used copy and "paste into" to get the photos inside each continent.
    but i KNOW i remember a better way of doing this!!!! IF i am correct...i
    think it was a simple key stroke that linked the layers together and i could
    easily edit afterwards. THis effect is widley used to put a graphic within

    I know this is an easy one...and the paste into worked fine yesterday...but
    its driving me nuts that i cant remember how to do it the other way. I
    think it was using a clipping path.


    oh...using v.7 at work...have cs2 at home
    graphics grunt, Sep 23, 2006
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  2. graphics grunt

    edjh Guest

    Put the graphic you want "inside" on a layer above the "container"
    Alt-click on the line between the layers to make a Clipping Group.
    edjh, Sep 23, 2006
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  3. i KNEW there was a simple key stroke involved!!!!! ITs just one of those
    things that if you dont do it for a long time you forget.

    Thanks so much!

    graphics grunt, Sep 23, 2006
  4. I know this is a really easy i used to do it quite a few years ago
    ok...but why doesnt photoshop give you this option without using an alt key
    press? I was looking at clipping paths and trying to group stuff together
    and there somewhere on the normal toolbars or menus where this
    lives...just in case i forget in another year?

    thanks again tho...
    graphics grunt, Sep 24, 2006
  5. graphics grunt

    edjh Guest

    There is (in CS) Layer>Create Clipping Mask (Ctrl-G). In earlier
    versions it was called "Group with Previous" or somesuch, but they
    changed it. I have just used the other method for years and am used to it.
    edjh, Sep 26, 2006
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