Editing Vector Masks

As we know, Photoshop Elements doesn't let us drawing on existing vector mask. Which means there are quite a few things we can do with this kind of a mask.

  1. First off, you can press [Ctrl+T] to call Free Transform and then move, scale, rotate or skew vector mask (see example).
  2. If your mask includes several components (shapes) you can select those with the Shape Selection tool. To select multiple components hold down [Shift] key while clicking them (see example).
  3. After selecting a component (individual shape on vector mask) you can move it with Shape Selection tool, transform it, or delete it (with [Delete] key). Also, by holding [Alt] key while dragging a component you duplicate it.
  4. To swap masked and revealed areas, you select shape or multiple shapes with the Shape Selection tool (see example). Then, in the Options bar, click either "Add to shape area (+)" or "Subtract from shape area (-)" button (screenshot).
  5. To use ordinary (raster) editing methods for a vector mask, you rasterize it.
  6. To apply a vector mask, you rasterize it, then drag mask thumbnail onto the "trash" button, and click "Apply" button.

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