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:
- Select the layer you wish to mask
- 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.