Hide contents of clipping mask layer in photoshop

Is there a way to hide the contents of a clipping mask in photoshop? I don’t want the clipping mask to show through in areas where the clipped layer is transparent.

Images might make it clear.

My layer setup:

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Without clipping mask:

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With clipping mask:

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Desired result:

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I know I can manually adjust the clipping mask to cover only the areas that the pattern covers, but that is too much effort since the pattern consists of a lot of layers and is quite irregular. Is there another way to simply make the clipping mask never show its own contents?


Sorry to be blunt, but you are following the wrong approach.

A better way to achieve this, is to have the pattern as a regular layer, and give that layer a mask to hide parts of it. You can give a layer a ‘Layer Mask’ (a bitmap mask) by clicking the ‘add a mask’ button at the bottom of the layers panel while the desired layer is selected:

add a mask button in layers palette

You can then paint with black in the mask to hide parts of the layer, and paint with white to show them again. Greys correspond to a semi-transparency.

You can also add a ‘vector mask’, preferably by ‘stealing’ it off from a shape layer.

  1. draw a shape layer, in the shape you’d like the mask to have
  2. command/ctrl-drag the shape layer onto the layer to be masked in the layers palette
  3. delete or hide the shape layer

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