How to Create Clipping Mask in Gimp

How to Create Clipping Mask in Gimp

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How to Create Clipping Mask in Gimp

How to Create Clipping Mask in Gimp. GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a spontaneously distributed program for such works as photo retouching, image alignment, and image manipulation. Clipping masks are a lot simpler than you may think by meaning – they are basically essential when you apply a layer mask to a group of layers.

This feature was not existing in earlier versions of GIMP (before 2.10), and so a lot of users are unconscious of how to do this task in GIMP 2.10 or newer, or that they can even perform the job in the first place. The great bulletin is that you can now simply add clipping masks to layer groups in GIMP.

Let’s use the example herein: you have two photos separately, which you want to apply a layer mask to have them fade into one another, and you want to put those photos inside a specific shape which will require another layer mask, but one that put on to both of them. To complete this, you will need 3 masks – a layer mask for each layer, and a group layer mask to “clip” both images to form a diamond-shaped frame. There are obviously other situations that would require a clipping mask or a layer group mask, but I think this sample will sufficiently establish why such a feature is useful.

In this circumstance, we went with 2000×1280 for our arrangement’s dimensions (we’ll be merging two photos that are 1920×1280). we also went with 72 for our X and Y resolutions and set “Fill With” to “Background Color” (my background color is white, so our background layer will show up as white).

Once you have your new composition made, you’ll require to open up the images you want to use for your clipping mask. We will be using two photos for this tutorial – one of a man and one of a woman


1.) Create a new layer.

2.) Pick your brush and place the brush wherever you like on the newly made layer.

3.) Move the layer under the picture.

4.) Right, Click –> Alpha to Selection.

5.) Move the layer below the image layer.

6.) Select your photo layer, and go to the menu and click on Select –> Invert.

7.) Now, go to the menu and click on Edit –> Clear or press Delete button on your keyboard.

8.) Go to the menu and click on Select –> None, and you are done!



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