Can I use clipping masks in my designs?

Yes, you can mask images with text or with the shapes provided in the shapes section (shapes tab, under Images).

Text – In the tools panel, drag the image layer right above the text layer, then right click on the image layer and select Create Clipping Mask. Be sure to lock the image so that the customer can select the text to edit. To release the clipping mask, right click on the masked image layer in the tools panel and select Release Clipping Mask. If you see a visible line around the text, change the opacity of the text to 0.

Shapes – The masking feature is only compatible with the shapes provided in the Shapes section (see tab with the shapes icon, under Images). In the tools panel, drag the image layer right above the shape layer, then right click on the image layer and select Create Clipping Mask. Make sure that BOTH the shape and clipped image remain unlocked in the layers panel, so that customers can select, replace and resize the image. To release the clipping mask, right click on the masked image layer in the tools panel and select Release Clipping Mask.

When downloading designs as a PDF that use a clipping mask, select Flatten PDF (under Saving and Printing Options in the Info tab). Some PDF viewers don’t support clipping masks, so flattening the layers before downloading as a PDF eliminates problems that you/your customers may have when viewing their download.

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