Using Vector Shape as Layer Mask in Photoshop

If you’ve ever wanted to use a vector shape to mask any of your layers in Photoshop, look no further! It’s incredibly easy and quite useful.

The video is pretty self-explanatory, but here are text instructions regardless:

  1. Select the layer you wish to mask
  2. Hold down ctrl (command on Mac, probably), left-click and hold on the shape, and drag it on top of the layer you wish to mask

That’s it! You now are using the shape as a layer mask. You will likely want to hide or delete the original shape layer, because odds are it’s blocking the view of your newly masked image.

It’s so easy, you may just want to cry. It’s not necessarily intuitive, though, which is why you are here. I also have another tutorial on using an actual image as a layer mask as well.

Good luck!

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Brian Johnson is a website developer and designer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a passion for code and WordPress. He spends his days building WordPress websites for small businesses, developing new code with the online community, and living life.

9 Comments on “Using Vector Shape as Layer Mask in Photoshop”

  1. I normally don’t leave comments but I gotta say thanks for this. I have never seen a tutorial as useful and concise as this, excellent job spreading this information effectively. I appreciate it greatly.

  2. HOLY COW…this just blew my mind. I’ve been using Photoshop since 2003 and have always done it the complex pen way. Thanks for this tip!

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