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Design Concept: Masking

What is masking?

Masking is hiding parts of an object (or layer), such as an image with another object or layer.

We are essentially applying a mask that covers all parts of the object except for the area we selected or did not select (inverse masking).

Masking is used throughout many different career fields ranging from video production, graphic design, and painting.

The overall technique varies from application to application, but the concept remains the same.

We are using one object to cover another object, we are hiding parts of an object/layer.

Masking is a very common design technique especially used in UI/UX design. When masking sections of the objects being masked aren’t being deleted, only hidden.

As oppose to when cropping an image.

Masking in Photoshop

Masking is often the design technique used when removing a subject from a background in an image, and inserting photography into shape layers.

Vector mask, clipping mask, pixel mask. Different names for various masking technique used throughout different programs.

Masking is a very important design technique that every designer should dabble with.

It will save a lot of time as oppose to constantly cropping images to specific sizes.

It is important to know the basic concept behind masking especially when working with other designers.


By Romaine Raffington

Designer. Writer. Human.

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