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Winston A. CelyMask shape in Photoshop 5
by on Mar 13, 2012 at 3:34:44 pm

OK, this is something that I would normally do in Apple Motion. In fact, other than photo retouching, or video prep work for stills, I rarely ever use Photoshop any more as I find the tools in Motion to be more clear to me as a designer than PSD. Sad, huh?

What i need to do is have a shape that masks a map. I've been hitting a brick wall, because whenever I get a mask in PSD, it reveals the map in the shape of the mask, but I need it the other way around. What I want is the shape to "cut" out the map. For instance, I make the shape of a circle, the shape cuts out a whole in the map, but if I need to adjust the shape (move it, resize it) I can without physically cutting the map.

I've watched 4 tutorials now and all of them do the same thing, use the shape to reveal instead of cover. Help!

Winston A. Cely
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Erik WaluskaRe: Mask shape in Photoshop 5
by on Apr 22, 2012 at 4:22:51 pm

You can do this easily by creating the mask shape and Ctrl or Cmd clicking the layer's thumbnail in the layer panel to make a selection or if it's a shape layer you're using then Ctrl or Cmd click the vector mask thumbnail to make a selection. In any case, once you have the selection then select the map layer and click the new mask icon at the bottom of the layer palette. By default it will reveal the map in the selection area, to reverse just click on the mask thumbnail in the layer palette and invert the mask with Ctrl or Cmd + I.


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Winston A. CelyRe: Mask shape in Photoshop 5
by on Apr 23, 2012 at 2:50:49 pm

Thanks for the help! I had finally figured it out.

It's funny, but I used to be able to really use Photoshop pretty well. However, since I started doing almost all of my graphics work from within Apple Motion, I'm so used to how it works that I find it difficult to create anything anywhere else. What takes me a couple of steps in Motion, seems to almost always take more in Photoshop.

Thanks again!

Winston A. Cely
Editor/Owner | Della St. Media, LLC

17" MacBook Pro | 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7
4 GB RAM | Final Cut Studio 3 | FCPX | Motion 5 | Compressor 4

"If you can talk brilliantly enough about a subject, you can create the consoling illusion it has been mastered." - Stanley Kubrick


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Erik WaluskaRe: Mask shape in Photoshop 5
by on Apr 23, 2012 at 2:55:11 pm

Sure, I guess it's like anything else, if you don't use it you lose it.


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