How to Use Photo Clipping Masks
I was asked about photo-clipping masks this week, and so I went to the gallery to snag a few examples for you. Here are just three. In this layout by Retired Lady, she used a clipping mask on her main photo. I love how this highlighted the photo, and how the soft edges of the mask help blend her photo perfectly into the paper.
Here is one by nightshadow. I love how she used the mask on her photo and has it spilling out of the frame!
And one more example for you by LiMa Inspirations. Her use of a mask on her photo is the perfect touch for her gorgeous page.
So how do you use a clipping mask? I think you will be surprised at how simple it is!
I am using Photoshop CC2017 for this tutorial, however, this technique works the same way in Photoshop Elements.
What is a Clipping Mask?
Simply defined, a clipping mask is a shape, which will define the edges of the item to which it is clipped.
The shape can be as simple as a square, circle, oval, or another shape; but it can also be decorative, as the one pictured below,
How to Use a Clipping Mask:
- In Photoshop, Open a Mask.
- Next, Open the image you would like to clip to the Mask. In the Layers Panel, place the image on a layer above the mask. We’ll use a photo in this example.
- In the Layers Panel, click on the Photo layer to make it the active layer. Right-click and choose “Create a Clipping Mask.”
The photo has now taken the shape of the mask, and you are ready to use it on a digital scrapbook page.
And that’s it! You can clip anything you like to a mask, and that is just part of what makes them so very versatile! Experiment with clipping papers to masks too. It’s super fun!
Additional Resource: How to Use Clipping Masks in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
Gorgeous Tutorial,many thanks Karen!
Thank you very much. I think this solves the mystery of “photo masks” for me!
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