Syd Weiler is a perfectionist. “I can't even say how many sketchbooks I’ve abandoned because I made a bad drawing; how many paintings I’ve ruined; how many pieces of paper I’ve erased through because I wasn’t happy,” they say. “It’s a constant daily struggle.”

While the Ohio-based illustrator and all-around-creative-person still loves these analog materials, doing digital art offers freedom from their need to nail things on the first go. “I like having the ability to edit and keep my options open; then you don't ever have to worry about messing up your ‘precious’ sketch.”

Check out Weiler’s process and give clipping masks a try in Fresco — but don’t forget to stay organized!

Weiler explains that layers are great — but clipping masks are even greater. If you’re an Adobe Photoshop user, it’s likely you’re already in love with clipping masks, but their recent debut on Adobe Fresco means that you can now bring that functionality on the go. Weiler uses clipping masks liberally, and managing them has helped evolve what they call “organizational imagination” — a technical part of the creative process that makes a massive difference in what’s possible to compose on the screen.

“Clipping masks are just very simple constraints that attach one thing in a layer to another layer,” they say. “Here’s another way to think about them: When you're working with [physical] watercolors, you put down a puddle. When you drop your paint into the puddle, the color stays within the water. For the most part, you can control it. And you can push the edge of the water — but you can never really take that edge back,” they say. “With clipping masks, it’s like you have your puddle and you have your paint. But you can change the color of the paint. You can edit the edge of the water: increase it, decrease it. You can put more on top of the water instantly. You don't have to wait for it to dry.”

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