Types of Adobe Photoshop Masking

Designers always get confused with all different types of Adobe Photoshop masking. All the masking provided in Photoshop is with their different use and with different working nature. There are mainly four types of masking in Photoshop which helps us to make collages, effects and mixing images. Detailed clear learning and understanding of masking is must for every student learning Photoshop.


 Adobe Photoshop Masking Tutorials

Masking means mixing

With the help of Brushes, Vector shapes, Gradients, Selection.

Works on White and Black color.

White means LIGHT. LIGHT is to shows everything.

Black means DARK. DARKNESS hides everything.



We use various types of masking to make our work editable. Designers can edit their work at any point of time without losing any image data. Masking does not delete any data, It just show or hide data. Later the data which you had hide can be shown any time which makes our work editable.


Clipping Mask

With the help of clipping mask you can insert your above layer inside the layer which is below it.

It works on all types of layer like shape layer, raster layer or type layer etc.

On Both layers you can work individually to make things editable.

Shortcut: CTR + ALT + G


Vector Mask

Work on any kind of layer to show or hide your layer with the help of Path and shapes which works on Vector mask.

You can find vector mask in Layer menu.

By pressing reveal all it applies to that particular layer with showing all data in layer. (White color)

By pressing hide all it applies to that particular layer with hiding all data in layer. (Black color)


Layer Mask

Works on all kinds of layer. But it mask is of raster type nature, Paths will not work in this raster layer effects. You can insert black and white color through Brushes and Gradients on Layer Mask.

With the help of layer mask you can Mix Images and make collages for different posters, CD covers and can also make Digital matt paintings.


Quick Mask

By pressing Q you enter in Quick mask mode where with the help of brush you color your canvas with Black brush after pressing Q again you will come out with the quick mask mode to layer mode and where you had run your brush it will convert into selections.

Working on selections and Appling filter to our selection can easily done with the help of quick mask mode. Changing shapes of selections, with various effects making borders and frames. Increasing or decreasing selection can be done with the help of Quick mask mode.

Works on Selection

It helps to make selection By Brush

Shortcut: Q

Q key helps to enter in quick mask mode


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