How to use vector masks in Photoshop tutorial

How to use vector masks in Photoshop CC 2018 2017 2015 etc tutorial

Vector masks

how to use vector masks in Photoshop tutorial
  1. Select a layer in layers panel.

  2. Go to the layer menu and vector mask and reveal all

  3. Go to the vector mask thumbnail and select

  4. Go to a custom shape tool or ellipse tool in Photoshop toolbar and set to path option

  5. Apply to reveal only that section (you will then see the background or other layers)

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Basics :

basicYou cannot use this with vector shape layers. You can use this approach with raster layers such as placed images.


Add a layer and then go to the layers menu and vector masks and reveal all


Select a shape tool and set to path option (such as an ellipse or custom shape).


Select the right side thumbnail in the layers panel for that layer and apply path. If you are adding to the path (+) then you will see only the image and the path and the underlying layers (which may just be the white background of the image)


Distort path : distortYou don't have to apply the path and keep it in the same design. You can use tools such as the curvature tool and distort the path. You can click the path and then drag the curve up or down or left or right to distort the path.


You will then see more or less of the background layers.


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Commands : commandsYou can go to the thumbnail and right click and disable the vector as well as delete and rasterize it. If you delete it then you will see the entire image again.


If you rasterize it then it is not as flexible as a vector but it can then be used as a standard layer mask and you can then add brush strokes to it and standard effects.


Time lines : timelineYou can use the vector is video time lines. Go to the timeline panel (window menu) and create a video timeline.


For that layer, go to the expand and expand the position, style etc as well as vector options - set both stopwatches / enable keyframe animations to on. Go to the video playhead and move it to a new position for the time line for that layer and go to the path selection tool in the toolbar and select the vector. Move the vector to a new position. Move the playhead again and move the vector to yet another position. The vector is then animated and what you can see of the layer will vary depending on the position (which can be on or off the layer). You cannot change the size etc of the vector (you would need After Effects for that)


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