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I have a problem about Layer Mask & Resize group

New Here ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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I am normally using photoshop for painting. I have learned this painting way from my mentor by using Layer mask which is easy to adjust the color. Likes the picture below.

Screen Shot 2561-10-22 at 2.39.13 PM.png

But I have a problem with resizing the group which is it will resize as the canvas size because of Layer mask. Likes the picture below.

Screen Shot 2561-10-22 at 2.39.29 PM.png

It is totally hard when I paint small objects and want to resize on a big canvas. So Is there have anyway that I can resize the group as the same size of the object that I paint. Likes the picture below. 

Screen Shot 2561-10-22 at 2.39.46 PM.png

Thank you for all answer.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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Hi

Not with a group. You could however use a smart object rather than a group which would work in the way you describe. Just select your three layers and right click. Then choose Convert to Smart Object.

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New Here ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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Hello Dave,

Thank you for the answer. But after I tried and the resize it still is the same result as group. Screen Shot 2561-10-22 at 4.10.57 PM.png

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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Make sure you have not included your white background in the smart object.

Before SO

After SO

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New Here ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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No, I didn't include the white background. At first, I thought work like you did but it's not. I am still thinking that I mass up with some setting about Layer mask or not. Since I have watched some tutorial and when he used Layer mask and resize. His Layer mask didn't have a white area like mine.

Screen Shot 2561-10-22 at 4.32.51 PM.png

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Advocate ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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You cant do it.You have two layers same size as canvas size and this is the reason.

You coud cut your circle instead using mask

Merge Layers or use Smart object and draw circle to cut it from layer

Use CTRL+J command to move selected circle into a new layer

Disable oiginal layer and thats it

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 28, 2021 Jul 28, 2021

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Hey @awika_erika,

 

Did you ever figure this out? I'm in one of the 2021 Photoshop versions, and this same problem just started happening to me this afternoon. I'm not sure why it started now or if I clicked something by accident. Just curious if you ever solved this.

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Jul 28, 2021 Jul 28, 2021

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Oops, never mind. My problem is a little different, and it was a silly mistake I made. In my case, one of the layers and the layer mask came unlinked. 

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