mask an image

How do you mask an image? useing shapes
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WiseyDConnect With a Mentor Commented:
In the image that you want to mask just

1.click on the "add a layer mask" icon at the bottom of your layer pallette.
2. Then use the shape tool with "fill pixels" selected.
3. Click "X" on your keyboard to make sure that black is the selected color.
4. Then use the shape tool to mask out your image.  

If it is the opposite effect your looking for then (PC: alt-click) or (MAC: option-click) on the mask in the layers palette, then (PC: ctrl-I ) or (MAC: cmd-I )invert the mask, giving you the opposite effect.

If you talking about grouping the image inside a shape then just

1. make a new transparent layer below the image you want to group with the shape.
2. Draw a shap on the new transparent layer.
3. Then click on the image (which should be above the shape and the transparent layer) and then (on a PC: ctrl-G) or (on a MAC: cmd-G) to group it inside of the shape.

Both of the layers are independent of each other so you can move the image around to get it just right or even move the shape around to get it just were you want it, works great for putting images inside of text, etc.

Not sure if this is what your looking for or not? There are so many ways to mask in photoshop.

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Lance_FrisbeeCommented:
Layer ---> Add Layer Mask ---> Hide or Reveal
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