4 Easy Steps to Using the Clipping Mask Function in Procreate

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Procreate is a great tool to use for product design. We love to use it for our home decor and home furniture designs. One Procreate function we find to be extremely useful is the clipping mask function.

The clipping mask function on Procreate allows the top layer to be clipped or cut to the same size and shape as the bottom layer. This function allows you to see in more detail how a product will look when actually completed. The first thing you must do is make sure the photo or file you import is prepared properly. Then you must complete the actual product design while being sure to layer and fill in each layer with color. Once the design is completed, you are ready to do the clipping mask and to clip the top layer to the bottom layer.

What is Clipping Mask?

The clipping mask function is used in Procreate and other design programs like Adobe Photoshop. A clipping mask can best be described as one layer placed on the top of another layer, and then the top layer is clipped or cut to fit the bottom layer’s size.

In other words, the bottom layer is like the pattern, and the top layer goes on top of the bottom layer, and the top layer will get cut to the size of the bottom layer. If you think of clipping masks in terms of individual layers and the top layer getting cut or clipped onto the bottom layer, this will help you understand more about what clipping mask in Procreate is about.

To work with the clipping mask function, you must think about your bottom layer’s size and shape and the top layer, the clipping mask layer. The clipping mask layer must fit or be clipped or cut into the same size and shape as the bottom layer.

Why Use the Clipping Mask with Procreate?

Procreate’s clipping mask function is really a great function to use for home decor and home furniture product design. Here are some of the reasons why we love the clipping mask function in Procreate and use it a lot in our design work:

  • Finishes you cannot get otherwise. – Some finishes, you cannot get the finish unless you import a photo of the finish. I find this to be true for metal finishes as brass. To get a true brass finish, I must use the clipping mask function. Also, some lacquer as gold or silver leaf or a specific pattern that I want.
  • Saves you time – I find that using the clipping mask method saves me a lot of time.
  • One design – many finishes – Procreate’s clipping mask function allows you to have one design, and then you can insert many different kinds of finishes into one design. This allows you to see how a product will look with many different finishes. This is a great time-saving tool.

To see a step by step tutorial on How to Use the Clipping Mask Function on Procreate for home decor and home furniture design, you can click on the video below.

Procreate is really a great program to use for product design. We love it so much because you can basically take a pattern or design and then put it on a variety of items and color finishes to see what finish will work best.

Step 1:

Preparations to Use Clipping Mask

Here are a few preparation steps that you need to take to use procreate:

  • Photograph The Finishes – Before you can use the clipping mask function, you need to have good photographs of the finishes you will use. If you are not using a photograph, you need to have a Jpeg or another kind of file to import into the Procreate program. Procreate allows you to import a file, photo or use the camera on your iPad to import a photo into Procreate.
  • Adjust and Crop the Image – Before working with an image in Procreate, it is best to adjust and crop the image. You want the image to be as clean as possible and not have any extra white or other space. This way, you will see exactly where and how you are clipping the top layer on top of the bottom layer.
  • Organize the images into Albums – We have found to work with Procreate and their clipping mask function that it is easier if you have all your photos organized into albums so that you can find it easier. Doing this now will save you a lot of time in the long run.

To find out more about how to set up repeat patterns in Procreate, you can read our blog entitled 6 Easy Steps to Use Procreate to Make A Pattern RepeatOpens in a new tab. by clicking here.

You can also watch our video tutorial called Using Procreate to Make a Pattern for Your Design by clicking on the link below:

Step 2

Design The Product

The next step is to design the actual product you want to use the clipping mask with. Here are a few things you can do for this step:

  • Design the Product. – If you need to design the product in Procreate. You can sketch it out just like you would if you were using a sketch pad.
  • Build the Design Using Layers – When designing with the Procreate clipping mask function, you must keep in mind the layer function in Procreate. This means that each element of the design should have its own layer. The reason is that the clipping mask must go on top of each of these layers. So if you are sketching the design out by hand, you must also think about the layers you are sketching the design.

Layers are one of the most important things for you to understand when you are working with Procreate. Each element must have its own layer, or you cannot properly use the clipping mask function. That is why we always have one design element on one layer when we are designing a product.

Step 3

Fill in the Layers

Once your design is completed, you need to make sure each layer is filled with a color. Here is some information about the color filling the layers:

  • Fill the layers – There are several ways you can use the clipping mask function. One is if you want the pattern or color to fill the entire layer. For it to do this, the layer you want must be completely closed. For example, if you have a box you want to fill in, then that box must be completed sealed without any open area or cracks. If the box is not filled in, you cannot add a color fill to the box shape. You can test this by trying to fill the box with a color. This is why we design an object that we know we want to fill in completely; we will fill the layer first will a color. (For more information on this, please see our video instruction above).
  • Draw a Pattern – You can also draw a pattern on one layer and then use the clipping mask to put a finish on top of the pattern you have drawn.

When working with layers, do not worry about the color you have filled into the layer. We have found that having different colors for each layer makes clipping easier, especially when working with many different layers. I often use really bright colors for each layer so that I can clearly see what layer I am working on when I am doing the clipping mask.

To see how the clipping mask function was used to add gold leaf to a pattern, you can view our video called Procreate – How to Add Golf Leaf to a Design Pattern by clicking on the link below.

Step 4

Clip Mask the Layers

Now that your layers are all completed and complete all your color fills, you are ready to do the actual clipping mask. Here are the steps you need to take to complete the clipping mask on Procreate:

  • Go to the layer you want to do the clipping mask on – Go to the layer you want to do the clipping mask.
  • Add a layer on top of the first layer – Then add a layer on top of that layer.
  • Import a Photo. File or Take a Photo – Now you are ready to import a photo, file, or take a photo, and import it onto the layer you just added.
  • Adjust that layer – Using your two fingers, make sure you size the clipping mask layer photo to the size and position you want on the bottom layer. As you cannot see the bottom layer completely, you may need to use your judgment on this.
  • Do clipping mask – Press on the left-hand side of the top layer. .A drop-down menu will appear. Then click or press on the clipping mask, and the top layer should clip or cut into the bottom layer’s size.

To view full instructions on this, you can view the above video called Clipping Mask – Using in Procreate. This shows how we do the clipping mask in Procreate.

Conclusion

We really love to use the clipping mask function for our home decor and home furniture product design. We find it a great way to get an actual look and feel for our designs.

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Anita Hummel

Hi, I am Anita Hummel. I am the President of Mondoro. I am passionate about helping you CREATE, DEVELOP, and MANUFACTURE home decor and home furnishing products. I am also an avid blogger with a love of travel and riding my motorcycle around the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam.

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