Super Tip: Rasterize a layer with it’s effect in Photoshop

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Problem: Help! My mask clipping isn’t working because of the my layer’s overlay effect! I need to rasterize my effects first but I don’t know how!

Solution:

Step 1: Select the layer with the effects you want rasterized. Step 2: Press Control(CMD for Mac)+Shift+N to create a new layer. Step 3: Add the layer from Step 1 to your selection by holding Shift and clicking on the Layer. Step 4: Press Ctrl(CMD for Mac)+E to merge the two layers and voila! your effects are now rasterized.

__Note__: This tip is especially useful for mask clipping to a layer that have some gradient/color overlays.



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