Creating a mask in Figma is a simple process that can add a lot of depth and creativity to your designs. But how exactly do you go about it? This guide will walk you through the process, step by step.

Understanding the Concept of Masking

In Figma, a mask is a way to clip or hide parts of layers or objects. The mask is defined by a shape, and everything outside of that shape is hidden. This feature can be particularly useful when you want to focus on a specific part of an image or create interesting visual effects.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Mask

Let’s say you want to create a circular mask around a player from a gaming team. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Create a shape: Go to your shape tools and select the ellipse tool (shortcut key ‘O’). Click and drag to create an ellipse, holding shift to make it a perfect circle.
  2. Position the shape: Drag the shape over the image you want to mask.
  3. Send the shape to the back: Right-click the shape and select ‘Send to Back’ (shortcut key is the left bracket). Masks work by using the shape in the back or behind the image.
  4. Create the mask: Select both the image and the shape, right-click again, and select ‘Use as Mask’. You can also use the ‘Use as Mask’ icon in your toolbar.

Once you’ve done this, Figma will create a mask group. The ellipse shape at the bottom will be the masked element, and everything will clip to this ellipse.

Editing the Mask

After creating the mask, you can still edit both the shape and the image. You can click on the shape to expand it up and down or move it around to get it positioned exactly where you want. Similarly, you can select the image inside the mask and move or scale it to fit it how you want inside the mask.


In conclusion, creating a mask in Figma is a straightforward process that can add a lot of versatility to your designs. By understanding how to create and edit masks, you can enhance your designs and focus on specific elements in your images.