what is this icon?

Posted on 2003-03-05
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Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I keep seeing this icon in files i get from a designer.

<img src="http://www.robotskull.com/images/user-70-Untitled-4.gif">

i know how it behaves, (the layer underneath the one with the arrow acts as a reverse-mask type thing, i think) but i cant figure out how to do this in my own images. i don't know the command nor the menu to check out.

an image is here, for reference, if the top one wont post.

i have been using photoshop for 15 years, and i have NO CLUE.

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ID: 8074159
i have looked in various spots and cant find anything showing this little bit.

also: 15 years is an exaggeration.
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ID: 8074323
Hold down the option key and click on the line below the layer. What it does is force the layer with the arrow next to it to ONLY appear where it overlaps the layer below it.

Author Comment

ID: 8074383
thanks very very much.

is there an advanced photoshop resource you can suggest, whether on the web or in print?
im feeling like my hands and methods, while very adequate, are a bit time consuming. ticks like that are just awesome, and i want more.
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Expert Comment

ID: 8074419
The Photoshop Bible is a good one.

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ID: 8074853
The icon is from the Layers menu and the Group with Previous. That is what it represents as a reminder that you have at least two layers grouped. If you select the layer with the icon and go to Layers | Ungroup, the icon will be gone.

As stated in the other response, used like a Power Clip function found in other graphics applications.

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