Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Glitch Art Effect with a Clipping Mask

Glitch art is a fascinating style of digital artwork that utilizes glitches, errors, or artifacts in digital media. It is often used to create surreal and otherworldly effects.

What is a Clipping Mask?

A clipping mask is a way to control the visibility of one layer based on the opacity of another layer. In essence, the bottom layer acts as a stencil for the top layer, allowing only specific portions of the top layer to be visible.

How to Make a Glitch Art Effect with a Clipping Mask

  1. Create your base image. This can be any image you like, but for this tutorial, we’ll use a simple image of a person.
  2. Create a new layer. This layer will be where we add our glitch effect.
  3. Fill the new layer with black. You can do this by going to Edit > Fill and choosing Black from the Fill Contents menu.
  4. Add noise to the black layer. This will help to create the glitchy effect. You can do this by going to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and adjusting the Amount and Distribution sliders.
  5. Create a clipping mask. Right-click on the black layer and select Create Clipping Mask. This will clip the noise layer to the shape of the base image.
  6. Adjust the opacity of the noise layer. You can adjust the opacity of the noise layer to control the intensity of the glitch effect.
  7. Add additional layers. You can add additional layers to create more complex glitch effects. For example, you could add layers of different colors or patterns.
  8. Blend the layers. You can use blending modes and opacity adjustments to blend the layers together to create a more seamless effect.
  9. Experiment with different settings. There are many different ways to create glitch art effects. Experiment with different settings to find the look that you like best.

Tips for Making Glitch Art Effects with a Clipping Mask

  • Use low-resolution images for your base images. This will make the glitch effects more noticeable.
  • Use different types of noise to create different effects. For example, you can use Gaussian noise, speckle noise, or salt and pepper noise.
  • Experiment with different blending modes. Blending modes can be used to blend the glitch effects with the base image in different ways.
  • Use opacity adjustments to control the intensity of the glitch effects.


Using a clipping mask is a simple and effective way to create glitch art effects in Adobe Photoshop. With a little practice, you can create your own unique and creative glitch art pieces.