Inside this video, I’ll show you my absolute favourite scrapbooking technique that I used in every layout I create: Clipping masks.
Clipping masks are a non-desctructive way to ‘cut out’ your photo. Plus it’s the easy way to use a digital scrapbooking template.
You just lay your photo or paper on top of a layer that you want it to clip to.
Then use scrapper’s best friend – the clipping mask command to clip your paper or photo to a shape in Photoshop Elements.
- The shortcut is Ctrl+G (or Command+G on a Mac)
- Or go to the Layer menu and click create layer mask
For Photoshop CS – the keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+Alt+G (or Cmd+Option+G on a Mac)
Do you know how to clip, mask and blend?
No, it’s not a new dance move, these commands are the basics of creating creative pages in Photoshop.
The terms are often confused and misused, and a couple of them are often used in a context that’s confusing.
- Did you know that it took me hours of trial and error before I could remember how to cut out my photo to fit a shape in my layout?
- How are you supposed to blend a photo into a background paper if the blend modes don’t actually blend?
- What does a mask do? Why doesn’t the eraser work to rub out my mask?
- Would you like to have more artistic layouts with photos fitting perfectly into their place, or blended into the background?
- How about creating a custom background with a photo?
February’s workshop will introduce you to the concepts of clipping masks, layer masks blend modes and more.
But don’t stress, I will be staying true to my plain English promise and I’ll break it down for you step by step, and the cheat sheet will be your quick reference guide
Join me in as I demystify these terms, and how you can best use them to achieve the look you want.
I’ll show you how to:
- Clip a photo/paper to a shape - to make templates a breeze
- Mask out parts of your image - to hide a messy background, or blend a photo and paper together
- Use blend modes - achieve an artistic effect with your photos
This workshop includes:
- Access to the live workshop (24th February 8:30pm EST/25th February 9:30am West Aussie Time) to ask your questions
- High Definition recording of the workshop
- All the links and handouts mentioned in the workshop