Merge two shapes with layer masks?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by davidjearly, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. davidjearly macrumors 68020

    davidjearly

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2006
    Location:
    Glasgow, Scotland
    #1
    How do I do this in PS CC? I'm trying to retain the masks but when I merge the two shapes into one, part of the layer mask is lost.
     
  2. davidjearly thread starter macrumors 68020

    davidjearly

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2006
    Location:
    Glasgow, Scotland
    #2
    Anyone? Have I made it clear what I'm trying to do?
     
  3. dwig macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2015
    Location:
    Key West FL
    #3
    No, you haven't.
    1. What are the two shapes? Bitmap data on separate layers or vector shapes each on their own layer?
    2. What are the masks are you trying to retain?
    3. Are you wanting to retain the "masks' as separate masks or are you wanting to concatenate them into a single mask?
     
  4. MacUser2059 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2014
    Location:
    California
    #4
    I think this is what you are looking for:

    Here’s a quick example I made. I started with two squares, each on their own layer with a mask to make them feathered circles.

    1 Add new layer.
    1.jpg



    2 Cursor over the first mask, Press Command + Left Click to highlight.
    2.jpg



    3 Cursor over the second mask, Press Command + Shift + Left Click to add to the selection.
    3.jpg



    4 Click on your new layer.Click on the add new mask button at the bottom of the Layers palette to add the mask to your new layer.
    4.jpg



    5 Trash the masks on the original layers.
    5.jpg



    6 Merge the original Layers.
    6.jpg



    7 Drag the Merged mask down to the newly merged layer.
    7.jpg

    Hope that helps.
     

    Attached Files:

    • 1.jpg
      1.jpg
      File size:
      43.8 KB
      Views:
      48
  5. dwig macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2015
    Location:
    Key West FL
    #5
    Great steps and excellent illustration.

    I would add that if you are going to do this to a real working file that you do it on either a copy of the file, preserving the original if something goes wrong, or that you first:

    1. Group the two original layeres with their masks
    2. Duplicate the Group.
    3. Turn off / hide one of the groups.
    4. Perform MacUser2059's steps on the visible group while retaining the hidden copy as a backup.
     
  6. davidjearly thread starter macrumors 68020

    davidjearly

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2006
    Location:
    Glasgow, Scotland
    #6
    Thanks, greatly appreciate the effort you've put in. However, it's not working for me. When I trash the old masks on the shape layers, the original shape is retained and the mask lost. Dragging the new mask down does't appear to help.
     
  7. truth42 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2009
    #7
    Just make a copy of the layers and then do whatever you want with the originals.
     

Share This Page