Clipping Masks


Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp


Lesson Info

Clipping Masks

There is another type of mask that we haven't talked about yet, and that other mask is the clipping mask. And this mask, this mask is a thief. And it's a thief that steals any of the properties of what's happening below it. And a clipping mask is a very powerful tool to use when you have a great mask that you've built, and you want to steal the properties of it with the next layer, without actually taking the mask from it. So, we have our smiley face here that we've been using, that is a great opportunity to check out these clipping masks. So, we have the eyes, they're all separated, we have the mouth separated from the head. Let's say, if we look at this, let's just first look at this layer, press Alt or Option just to preview this layer. See where this layer has a transparency around it? That transparency is all, basically it's saying that the yellow is the most opaque portion, the transparency will reveal anything that's below. So, essentially, this yellow shape is taking up that sp...

ace within this layer. We can steal that with any layer that's happening above. We can steal that transparency, or we can steal any of the properties that are happening within that circle down below. So I'm gonna go ahead and add a color fill, and let's change this to a red angry face, okay? Now, what I could do, there's many things that I could do for this. I could try to make a selection for this head and then use that to make the mask, because I want this red to fill that yellow area, but there's this clever little trick called a clipping mask, where I can either right-click this and I can say, make this a clipping mask, where is it, Create Clipping Mask right here, or I like to use hot keys, press Alt or Option and click right in between those two layers. You see how we went from having a hand with the finger that now goes to a square with a thing that says hey, go down. What that's doing is, it's filling in that yellow circle with red, by stealing it's properties from below. The clipping mask, it's telling this red, notice, that we don't even have a mask on the red at this point, right? Because, we're telling that red color fill to take all the properties of the layer directly below it. So, any of the properties that are within that layer, it's going to steal. It's going to steal it's transparency with that edge that's around it. If that head has a mask on it, it's going to steal the mask qualities of it. If that circle, that yellow circle, has any Blend If principles in it, it's going to steal those Blend If principles. So, let's go ahead and just add a mask to this yellow circle, we'll turn the preview off on this real quick, and I'm just gonna go ahead and use my black mask and just paint right across. So now, you can see that this yellow face that we have here, we've gone away from the smiley face at this point, has a black streak across it in the mask that is allowing the transparency from underneath to show through. If we were to click now on this red, it's stealing all the properties of what's happening below. Any of the properties that would be happening below this red color fill, it's taking those properties on. If we press and hold Shift and click off of that, it's gonna give us a preview of that mask not being there, but it's also, again, that red is going to take on all the properties of what's happening below that. So, if we turn on these other layers, or add another solid color fill, maybe make that yellow, press Alt or Option, click on this, it's borrowing the properties of what's below it. But it's not going into any of the other properties below that. So that clipping mask is strictly restricted to whatever layer is directly below it, and those are the properties that it's going to steal. If by chance we had any Blend If settings that were in there also, it would take those Blend If settings, it would take those opacity settings, and it would even take on those Blend Mode settings.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop® expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop®. Topics covered will include:

Week 1
• Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
Week 2
• Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
Week 3
• Smart Objects , Transforming, Actions, Filters and Editing Video
Week 4
• Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop® prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.

Software Used: Adobe® Photoshop® CC® 2018


1Bootcamp Introduction
2The Bridge Interface
3Setting up Bridge
4Overview of Bridge
5Practical Application of Bridge
6Introduction to Raw Editing
7Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface
8Global Tools Part 1
9Global Tools Part 2
10Local Tools
11Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
12Toolbars, Menus and Windows
13Setup and Interface
14Adobe Libraries
15Saving Files
16Introduction to Cropping
17Cropping for Composition in ACR
18Cropping for Composition in Photoshop
19Cropping for the Subject in Post
20Cropping for Print
21Perspective Cropping in Photoshop
22Introduction to Layers
23Vector & Raster Layers Basics
24Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
25Organizing and Managing Layers
26Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes
27Screen and Multiply and Overlay
28Soft Light Blend Mode
29Color and Luminosity Blend Modes
30Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes
31Introduction to Layer Styles
32Practical Application: Layer Tools
33Introduction to Masks and Brushes
34Brush Basics
35Custom Brushes
36Brush Mask: Vignettes
37Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn
38Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation
39Mask Groups
40Clipping Masks
41Masking in Adobe Camera Raw
42Practical Applications: Masks
43Introduction to Selections
44Basic Selection Tools
45The Pen Tool
46Masks from Selections
47Selecting Subjects and Masking
48Color Range Mask
49Luminosity Masks Basics
50Introduction to Cleanup Tools
51Adobe Camera Raw
52Healing and Spot Healing Brush
53The Clone Stamp Tool
54The Patch Tool
55Content Aware Move Tool
56Content Aware Fill
57Custom Cleanup Selections
58Introduction to Shapes and Text
59Text Basics
60Shape Basics
61Adding Text to Pictures
62Custom Water Marks
63Introduction to Smart Objects
64Smart Object Basics
65Smart Objects and Filters
66Smart Objects and Image Transformation
67Smart Objects and Album Layouts
68Smart Objects and Composites
69Introduction to Image Transforming
70ACR and Lens Correction
71Photoshop and Lens Correction
72The Warp Tool
73Perspective Transformations
74Introduction to Actions in Photoshop
75Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface
76Making Your First Action
77Modifying Actions After You Record Them
78Adding Stops to Actions
79Conditional Actions
80Actions that Communicate
81Introduction to Filters
82ACR as a Filter
83Helpful Artistic Filters
84Helpful Practical Filters
85Sharpening with Filters
86Rendering Trees
87The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters
88Introduction to Editing Video
89Timeline for Video
90Cropping Video
91Adjustment Layers and Video
92Building Lookup Tables
93Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type
94ACR to Edit Video
95Animated Gifs
96Introduction to Creative Effects
97Black, White, and Monochrome
98Matte and Cinematic Effects
99Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades
101Glow and Haze
102Introduction to Natural Retouching
103Brightening Teeth
104Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool
105Cleaning and Brightening Eyes
106Advanced Clean Up Techniques
107Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization
108ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits
109Portrait Workflow Techniques
110Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization
111Landscape Workflow Techniques
112Introduction to Compositing & Bridge
113Composite Workflow Techniques
114Landscape Composite Projects
115Bonus: Rothko and Workspace
116Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
117Bonus: The Mask (Extras)
118Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR