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What is the purpose of the chain (lock symbol) between a solid color layer and its vector mask?

May 5, 2012 3:04 PM

What is the purpose of the chain (lock symbol) between a solid color layer and its vector mask in the layer panel when creating shape layers with a shape tool? I'm just curious when locking or unlocking the solid color layer and its vector mask can make a difference.

 
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  • Noel Carboni
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    May 5, 2012 4:07 PM   in reply to GSIDesign

    That just means that when you move the layer's pixels (e.g., with the Move Tool) the mask moves with it and vice versa.

     

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    May 6, 2012 3:44 AM   in reply to GSIDesign

    If the Solid Color Layer is being moved with other Layers (either having been linked, selected or situated in a selected Group) unlinking the Vector Mask would make a difference.

     
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    May 6, 2012 5:38 AM   in reply to GSIDesign

    Yeah, Christoph makes a good point.

     

    I see it as just being there for consistency with other kinds of layers.

     

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    May 6, 2012 7:19 AM   in reply to GSIDesign

    It can make a difference when the solid color layer is not uniform and you want to position the shape relative to the solid color.

     

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    May 6, 2012 7:50 AM   in reply to GSIDesign

    Sorry, I did not include a detail.

     

    After you make your shape layer click on Layer > Rasterize > Fill content. You can now adjust what had been your uniform solid color to anything you want. Rasterizing the fill content changes the icon, as you noticed, and now you can move the shape relative to the fill.

     

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