Published on December 12, 2022

Photo inside shape

In this blog I’ll show you how to quickly place a photo inside of a shape in Adobe Photoshop.

If you’d rather watch the video with instructions, click here or scroll down to the end of this page.

Step 1: Create shape

Create a new file or open the file you want to add the shape to. Then select one of the shape tools. I use the polygon tool.

Shape tools

Select ‘shape‘. If you’re using the polygon tool, you can choose the number of sides your shape has.

Then create your shape. If you want to create a symmetrical shape, press and hold SHIFT while creating the shape.

When you’ve created the shape, select a random color for the fill (as long as it’s different from the background color, so you can see it). Select ‘no color’ for the stroke.

Create shape

To move the shape, select the move tool. You can now pick the correct position for the shape. To adjust the size of the shape, press CTRL+T to activate free transform.

Step 2: Photo inside shape (clipping mask)

Open the photo you want to place inside of the shape. Select the move tool and drag this photo towards the file with the shape. Place the photo on top of the shape.

Move photo

You now have a new layer with this photo (layer 1). This layer should be directly above the shape layer.


Select the layer with the photo. Then navigate to ‘Layer > Create clipping mask‘ or press ALT+CTRL+G to create a clipping mask.

This layer is now clipped to the one below it (the shape), which means that the photo is now inside of the shape.

To adjust the photo inside of the shape, select the layer with the photo and press CTRL+T. You can now resize and move the photo inside of the shape.

Move and resize photo

If you want to move or resize the entire shape, select the shape layer and the layer with the photo. Then press CTRL+T. You can now adjust the shape.

And that’s how you place a photo inside a shape in Adobe Photoshop!

Photo inside shape

Want to learn more about editing in Adobe Photoshop? Check out my other blogs or take a look at my YouTube channel

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