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Create a Clipping Group in Photoshop Elements: A picture of a clipping group within the Layers Panel in Photoshop Elements.

Create a Clipping Group in Photoshop Elements: Overview

            When you create a clipping group in Photoshop Elements, you make a grouped set of two or more layers. In a clipping group, the content within the bottom layer acts as a mask for the content in the layers above it. The bottom layer will “clip” the content of the layers above it.

            For example, assume you have a base, or bottom, layer which contains a shape. Also, assume you have a layer above that one which contains an image. Finally, assume you have a layer above the image layer which contains text. Then assume you create a clipping group in Photoshop Elements from the layers. At that point, the image and text appear only within the area defined by the underlying shape. The top layers also take on the opacity settings of the bottom layer.

            Also, note that only adjacent layers within the Layers panel can be included in a clipping group. The order of the layers within the Layers panel is also very important. In a clipping group, the base layer’s name is underlined and the thumbnails for the overlying layers appear indented. The top layers also show the clipping group icon. The clipping group icon is a picture of a layer with a small bent arrow pointing downward.

Create a Clipping Group in Photoshop Elements: A picture of a clipping group within the Layers Panel in Photoshop Elements.

Create a Clipping Group in Photoshop Elements: A picture of a clipping group within the Layers Panel in Photoshop Elements.

            To create a clipping group in Photoshop Elements, place the layers into the appropriate order using the Layers panel. You can only create a clipping group between two adjacent layers at a time. Select the top layer in the group within the Layers panel. Then select “Layer| Create Clipping Mask” from the Menu Bar to create a clipping group in Photoshop Elements from the selected layer and the layer below it.

            To add more layers to the clipping group, select either the layer above the current clipping group or the bottom layer of the existing clipping group. Then select “Layer| Create Clipping Mask” from the Menu Bar again to add either the layer above or below the clipping group. However, remember the content of the bottommost layer acts as the clipping mask for all the layers above it! Therefore, be sure you have that layer as the bottommost layer within the group.

            To undo a clipping group by releasing the top layers from the bottom layer, select the layer directly above the bottommost layer within a clipping group. Then select “Layer| Release Clipping Mask” from the Menu Bar. This dissolves the entire clipping group created by the layers in the Layers panel.

            To only remove the topmost layer from a multi-layer clipping group, instead, select the topmost layer in the clipping group. Then choose “Layer| Release Clipping Mask” from the Menu Bar. After selecting this command, any layers above and including the selected layer are released from the clipping group.

Create a Clipping Group in Photoshop Elements: Instructions

  1. To create a clipping group in Photoshop Elements, place the layers into the desired order using the Layers panel.
  2. You can only create a clipping group between two adjacent layers at a time.
  3. To create a clipping group between two adjacent layers, select the top layer in the group within the Layers panel.
  4. Select “Layer| Create Clipping Mask” from the Menu Bar to a create a clipping group between the selected layer and the layer below it.
  5. To add more layers to the clipping group, select either the layer above the current clipping group or the bottom layer of the existing clipping group.
  6. Then select “Layer| Create Clipping Mask” from the Menu Bar again to add either the layer above or below the clipping group.
  7. Remember that the content of the bottommost layer acts as the clipping mask for all the layers above it. Ensure you have that layer as the bottommost layer within the group!
  8. To undo a clipping group by releasing the top layers from the bottom layer, select the layer directly above the bottommost layer within a clipping group.
  9. Then select “Layer| Release Clipping Mask” from the Menu Bar.
  10. To only remove the topmost layer in a multi-layer clipping group, instead, select the topmost layer in the clipping group.
  11. Then choose “Layer| Release Clipping Mask” from the Menu Bar.
  12. After selecting this command, any layers above and including the selected layer are released from the clipping group.

Create a Clipping Group in Photoshop Elements: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Creating Clipping Groups,” shows how to create a clipping group in Photoshop Elements. This video lesson is from our complete Photoshop Elements tutorial, titled “Mastering Photoshop Elements Made Easy v.2018.”

 

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