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How do you apply a vector mask to a folder in Photoshop CS6?

Dec 26, 2012 8:31 AM

The ways you apply vector masks in CS6 is different than in CS5.

I knew how to apply a vector mask to a folder of layers in CS5.

I cannot figure out how to do it in CS6.

So my question is:

How do you apply a vector mask to a folder in Photoshop CS6?

 

And while we're at it, what are the best methods for applying vector masks to regular layers?

 

Thanks.

 
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    Dec 26, 2012 8:47 AM   in reply to thomasbricker

    With the Path selected in the Paths Panel command click the »Add layer mask«-button in the Layers Panel or invoke Layer > Vector Mask > Current Path.

    But that seems to be pretty much the same as in CS5.

    Do you have the Path Tools set to »Path« (in the Options Bar)?

     
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    Dec 26, 2012 10:07 AM   in reply to thomasbricker

    I dont want a non-editable layer mask.

    What are you talking about?

    Why should the Vector Mask not be editable?

     

    Edit: Seems to work fine here … or am I misunderstanding the query?

    groupVectorMask.jpg

     
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  • JJMack
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    Dec 26, 2012 11:16 AM   in reply to thomasbricker

    thomasbricker wrote:

     

    I want an editable vector shape as a mask on a folder of layers.

    I dont want a non-editable layer mask.

    By folder of layers I believe you mean a layer group.  Like "Layers", "Groups" can have grayscale mask and can have a vector masks therefore like a layer a group may have no mask, or have 1 or two mask attached. All mask are editable just target the mask you want to work on and use approbate tools. Use vector tools on vector mask like direct selection tool path selection tool Pen tools etc.  Some tools like Transform can be used on both types of mask.

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Dec 26, 2012 12:36 PM   in reply to thomasbricker

    If you draw a path, then (with the Group highlighted) choose Layer - Vector Mask - Current Path, do you not get what you want?

     

    -Noel

     
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    Dec 26, 2012 1:28 PM   in reply to thomasbricker

    There is - Christoph posted it in the first reply - draw the path then Cmd/Ctrl-click the Add Mask button at bottom of Layers panel (or these two steps in reverse order). Exactly the same as in CS5.

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Dec 26, 2012 3:12 PM   in reply to conroy

    I guess having kept my Pen Tool set on Path all the time I didn't notice a difference.

     

    PenToolOnPath..png

     

    -Noel

     
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    Dec 26, 2012 3:25 PM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    I'm puzzled by Thomas finding CS6 to be any different to CS5 when adding a vector mask to a layer or group. It is possible that, only when using CS6, the vector tool wasn't in Path mode as you indicate.

     
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    Dec 28, 2012 11:27 AM   in reply to thomasbricker

    thomasbricker wrote:

     

    Im back...

     

    The thing is, Im not usiing the pen tool to create the vector shape. Im using the vector box tool to create a rectangle [...]

     

    Yes and that's why I wrote the words "vector tool" and never mentioned a pen. (Although the instructions would be exactly the same for using the Pen Tool because the Pen Tool is a vector tool.)

     

     

    which I then want to turn into a layer group mask.

     

    And yes, this does not work the same way as it did in CS5.

    I wish it did. : |

     

    Adding a vector mask to a layer or group is exactly the same in CS5.1 and CS6 on my Mac. Maybe that's done differently in CS5 than in CS5.1, but it seems unlikely.

     

    You have the layer or group targeted. Now draw a rectangular path after making sure the Rectangle Tool is in Path mode, and not Shape mode and not Pixel mode. Then Cmd/Ctrl-click the Add Mask button at bottom of Layers panel.

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Dec 28, 2012 9:15 PM   in reply to conroy

    Photoshop CS5 and CS5.1 are functionally identical save for the ability to license the latter via a Creative Cloud membership.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Dec 29, 2012 2:14 AM   in reply to thomasbricker

    And yes, this does not work the same way as it did in CS5.

    Have you read post 1?

    But I have to admit that »vector tools« seems clearer than »path tools«.

     
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    Mar 25, 2013 6:21 PM   in reply to thomasbricker

    Disregard everything above, everyones giving a work around or alternitive but no one is actually adressing the problem.

     

    You wanted to do in CS6 what you could do in CS5.5 or lower.

    Which was simply...Take an existing vector shape you created... drag it onto another layer or folder and it became a mask.

    This has changed in CS6.. you cant simply just drag it anymore.... it has one other requirement.

     

    ready for it??

     

    HOLD DOWN COMMAND when dragging the vector shape

     

    See the following article.
    http://blog.kam88.com/en/moving-to-cs6.html


    I clearly understood what the OP was trying to do,

    I had the exact same problem which is how I came across this thread.
    I really dont understand why everyone else had trouble grasping the issue.

     
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    Mar 26, 2013 12:20 AM   in reply to M00FACTORY

    I really dont understand why everyone else had trouble grasping the issue.

    Has the original poster stated in the original post that they wanted to transfer the Vector Mask of a Shape Layer to a Layer Group?

     
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    Mar 26, 2013 5:23 AM   in reply to c.pfaffenbichler

    Yeah, he did at least how I understood it.

    "I knew how to apply a vector mask to a folder of layers in CS5.

    I cannot figure out how to do it in CS6."

     

    My understanding by first post was what I expected he was referring to,

    because ive had the exact same issue untill I found the solution.

     

    It only became more apparent to me that, its what both he and I were thinking when he made a comment in post 7

    "I used to be able to do this in two steps."

    And then on post 11

    "Im using the vector box tool to create a rectangle which I then want to turn into a layer group mask.

    And yes, this does not work the same way as it did in CS5."

     

    My confirmations were correct when he said the following on  post 15:

    "I used to click and drag a shape onto a layer grup and it would became a vector mask"

     

    Not that you didnt give a great alternitive though.

    Its what Id have done if I didnt find out about the command key thing.

    And I didnt know how to do that before I saw your solution.

     
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    May 29, 2013 11:26 AM   in reply to M00FACTORY

    i had the exact same question as you, and the original poster. thanks for rescuing this thread by supplying the right answer.

     
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    Sep 21, 2013 7:16 PM   in reply to M00FACTORY

    Thank you man you helped me with the same problem! I was furious they changed this and now I am running CC and I was like what the heck?!! I will hate to hold the "crtl" key now but oh well! Thanks!

     
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    Dec 14, 2013 6:18 AM   in reply to M00FACTORY

    THANK YOU M00FACTORY !

     

    This is it! The shapes are hidden and you have to use CMD button for moving them! Thank you again! You saved me!

     
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