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Photoshop - cropping an image with a layer?

I have seen this very nice trick where you have layer "A" (for example an image) above layer "B" (rectangle, circle whatever), and you can use layer "B" kinda like a a cropping tool (move around the image, but still stay within the boundaries of layer "B".

Does anyone know how can I use this effect?

1 Answer

Steven Bister
Steven Bister
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I'm no Photoshop expert so there might be a better way of doing this; but from what it sounds like you're after, try this:

  1. Pick a shape to use for "layer B"
  2. Make sure "layer A" above "layer B"
  3. Right click on "layer A" in the Layers panel
  4. Click "Create Clipping Mask"

And that should do it. "Layer A" should now be inside whichever shape you chose to use as "layer B"

Yeah create clipping mask did the trick. Ty for the help ^^