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Eric Barker
Inverted Clipping Mask / Knockout Mask...
on Jun 5, 2009 at 10:29:00 pm

I've never had much use for clipping masks, it just seems much easier to create a layer mask, or if at all possible, a vector mask, instead. However, one thing I've always wondered is if there was any way to do a inverted clipping mask, or a "knockout mask". I often need to have something like a rectangle of pixels with text in them knocked out (alpha'ed). Using just two layers: a shape layer and a text layer, is there any way of accomplishing this? In the past I've simply converted the text into a shape, and then used that to create a vector mask for the shape layer. But this can get combersomb after a while, is there anything more efficient?

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