filling shapes

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I have the Shape of Australia with the 7 states in it. I want to fill each state with the floral emblem of that state without the flower overflowing in to the next section How am I going to do that? 
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Make a layer with the floral pattern. Make a selection of that state, then choose the layer with the pattern in the layer panel. Then click the little icon in the bottom tray of the layer panel that looks like a rectangle with a circle inside it.

This will make a layer mask from your selection, hiding the bits outside without erasing them.

Repeat for other states.
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Thank you for your reply. I will try this but I am still a learner
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Understood. Sorry I can't be of more help but I am replying from memory on my phone... If you are still having trouble try searching for "photoshop layer mask from a selection" online. There are probably video tutorials.
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I need more help on this subject. the previous answer was appreciated but was not enough to solve my problem. Surly some of you Photoshop people know the answer
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https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/photoshop-for-beginners.html

What you're trying to learn to do is create a clipping mask. This tutorial shows how to use an image (your flower image) and clip it to a shape (your state). There are some other things to learn to do. If you want a single flower within the confines of the shape, you may have to transform that flower to fit within the shape of the state using Edit > Free Transformation or Edit> Transform > Scale.

If you have the shape already open as part of your document and active (the layer is highlighted by clicking on it), and if you drag the flower image into the document, by default it will be a Smart Object (little icon in the thumbnail tells you) placed directly above your shape. You now can scale it and not permanently alter the pixels, doing any damage. But you do have to learn what a Smart Object is and how to Transform an object. Here is another video on transforming.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/transforming-objects.html

And here is a page about Smart Objects:

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/create-smart-objects.html

In other words, what you want to do isn't all that difficult, but it does mean step-by-step for a beginner, and you have to just learn one step at a time. How to set up your layers, how to bring in Smart Objects, how to create a clipping mask, and how to transform an object/image layer.

Of course, there are other ways, but this is probably the quickest and easiest way. Learning to use clipping masks is an excellent thing to know, as well. It's a technique that's used extensively by most of us who do more than retouch photographs. I hope these pages will help you.