If you have worked with some of the most popular programs like Adobe Photoshop or Procreate on iPad, you have probably heard of the term “Alpha Lock”, “Clipping Mask”, and “Layer Mask”. They are unique in many ways, which sometimes can be confusing, especially when they are used interchangeably to achieve similar effects.

In this post, we are going to take a closer look at each technique, so that you can really understand the pros and cons of each method. For each lesson, I am going to give you a practical and well-rounded definition, as well as hands-on examples, so that you would really experience deep learning, and apply each concept appropriately to your own artwork.

The content of this post is an excerpt from my popular  Skillshare class Alpha Lock, Clipping Mask, Layer Mask: in Procreate and Photoshop. Grab this link for a free trial that gives you access to all my classes on digital illustration.

Alpha Lock

Clipping Mask

Layer Mask

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Moreover, Esther also shares her design process on Youtube. At the time of writing, two full seasons are available to help you get started in Adobe Illustrator.

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Esther is a licensed Illustrator and designer, a Top Teacher on Skillshare.com. She shares her creative process using some of the most industry-leading programs like Adobe Illustrator and Procreate on iPad. Click here for her regular portfolio.