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One clipping mask for many type layers?


Question

How can I make one clipping mask for many type-layers? I have many type-layers and I want one background(clipping mask) for all of them.

Have tried a couple of things. First, tried to make all my type-layers a sublayer for the clipping mask, that did not work. Second, tried to merge all of the type-layers to one, did not work either..

Been searching the web for a solution without luck.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Örvar

2014/05/25
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5/25/2014 10:01:00 PM

Accepted Answer

I was originally thinking about posting this as two comments clearing up the two previous answers, but it got too long and neither of the previous answers clearly say what kind of mask they are talking about, so:


Best method for Photoshop CS 5 and lower versions:

  1. In the Layers panel select layers you want to mask out
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  2. Right-click one of them and select Convert to smart object

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    • Smart object is like a file within a file.
    • It acts like a single layer within your main document, which means that you can give it Layer styles.
    • Double-clicking the thumbnail will let you edit the contents of a smart object.
    • After you are done editing the contents of a smart object, remember to save the file, otherwise it won't update in the main document.
  3. Alt+Left-click between the smart object and your color/image layer above it, to create a clipping mask.

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Best method for Photoshop CS 6 and higher versions:

  1. In the Layers panel select layers you want to mask out
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  2. Group them Ctrl+G
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    • Also in CS 6 and above, you can give layer styles to a group.
  3. Alt+Left-click between the group and your color/image layer above it, to create a clipping mask.
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Both methods give you the same result

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Both of these methods are very similar, but the grouping method that you can use in CS 6 and above is a bit better. It's better because you never have to leave your main document. With the smart object method, you need to edit the text in an isolated document.

2014/05/28
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5/28/2014 5:17:00 PM