Simple Masking: (Part 2) (You can find Part 1 HERE!)
As promised, itâ€™s Christa, and I am back with my favorite tool in my tool box! The Clipping Mask This is such a fun tool, and there is so much that can be done with it. Today I am going to show you 2 fun things to use it for, however there are infinite uses, and you will just need to play and experiment to experience it!
Clipping Mask: Â A clipping mask is an attached layer. The layer is â€œclippedâ€ to the layer below and will not expand past the layer below’s boundaries. This feature is available in CS3 (and above), and PSE10/PSE11 versions of Photo Shop. (alt + ctrl + G is the shortcut)
I like the clipping mask for use in adjusting photos etc. I can clip an adjustment layer just on the item I want the adjustment to apply to instead of the entire layout. This can be done with anything you want to clip. The clipping mask will â€œclipâ€ the item to the layer below and â€œmaskâ€ the out-bounding area.
It is very simple to do, and I am going to show you first the simple step to do so, and then we will have some fun, â€œpainting inâ€ your photo just what you want to reflect. (This would be great with blending into a background too!)
- Select the layer you want to clip to the layer below and right click with your mouse.
- So that is how easy it is to create a clipping mask. Simple right?
- Now letâ€™s have some fun. I have a photo of a pair of giraffes that I took at the zoo in March. I really want to concentrate on just the giraffes and paint a mask to reflect what I want to see on my layout page.
- Open up your new workspace. I am going to open up a 600×600 white filled workspace.
- From the layer palette add a new blank layer.
- Open up your photo image and copy and paste into your workspace which will paste it on a new layer above the blank layer. Resize if you wish. (I use File > Place then go to my hard drive to locate my photo and place it/size it in my layout. I had to add a blank layer under my photo as I lost it!)
- If you have a background that you want to use, go ahead and add that above the white background layer. (I am just going to add a â€œKraft Paperâ€ pattern to the background for simplicity sake. You will need to change the background layer to a layer by right clicking and choose layer from background, before you can apply a pattern paper.)
- Now letâ€™s paint! Choose a brush from the brush palette. Any brush will do- whatever you like. I am going to choose a chalk brush size 23 and increase the size of the brush to 46 by changing the size slider. (You can also press the right bracket ( ] ) to enlarge the brush or left bracket ( [ ) to make the brush smaller.)
- Clip your photo to the blank layer below, so it looks as though it disappeared. (Layout palette still reflects the 3 layers.)
- Using your paint brush, paint on the blank layer whatever shape you want and you will see your photo start to â€œreappearâ€. Do as much as you want and whatever shape you want have fun.
- I am going to finish off my mask painting with a soft brush size 100 and go around the edges. This will soften the edges (make it look feathery) and will allow it to blend nicely with the background.
- Now decorate your page as you wish! Â (I decorated mine with Kateâ€™s Safari Malarky.)
- Instead of painting a mask you can do the same with masks that you have in your stash, just clipping your photo or papers to it. The sky is the limit!
I do hope you enjoyed todayâ€™s tutorial and saw how much fun a simple mask can be. I simply LOVE the â€œcreate clipping maskâ€! It is one of my â€œall timeâ€ favorite go to tools!
If you have any questions feel free to ask, and I will do my best to answer them! Until next time, have fun and enjoy making wonderful scrapping pages and cards!!!