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Learn how to hide or reveal parts of a layer or layer group using layer masks and clipping masks.
Layer masks control the visibility of layers without editing the layer itself. Depending on the kind of effect you want to achieve, you can use either a layer mask or a clipping mask.
Layer mask controls the visibility of layers to which it is applied. Clipping mask allows you to create a mask by clipping one or more layers to another layer or layer group below.
To create a layer mask:
To define the areas you want to mask:
To use a clipping mask:
For example, in the image below, the first layer, a cutout portrait of a woman, is used as a clipping mask and the colourful texture layer is the upper layer. Now, when you select the two layers and then tap in the right pane, you get the colourful texture within the cutout portrait of a woman.
To learn more about layer masks, watch this video.
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