Clipping Masks in Photoshop
● Clipping Masks can present some difficulty to Photoshop users, and not just beginners.
● The problem is usually which image goes above the other to get the proper effect.
✓ Shapes in Photoshop ✓ Clipping Masks ✓ Patterns ✓ Effects
• This tutorial is used in the Portrait Project.
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Step #1: Open a Picture in Photoshop ~
✗ Open a picture of yourself in Photoshop.
✗ Sometimes the layer is locked, preventing you from working …
✗ … if so, Double-click on the Background layer and click OK - that unlocks the layer so you can move it around.
Step #2: Crop Tool ~
✗ Get the Crop Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (c) …
✗ … and crop your Photo (if necessary.) You only need your head and shoulders remaining in the image.
Step #3: Select the Shape Tool ~
✗ Select the Custom Shape Tool behind the Rectangle Tool …
✗ … and in the Menu Bar, make sure that the Shape button is selected, not the Paths button.
Step #3: Pick Your Shape ~
✗ Click on the Custom Shape Picker arrow and click on the to open the menu.
✗ If you want, find the Flower 5 shape and double-click it - but you can choose any shape you want.
✗ Of course you can use any other shapes you wish …
Step #4: Drag the Shape ~
✗ Drag the shape over your face.
Holding Shift keeps the shape in proportion and holding Spacebar while you are drawing repositions the outline.
Step #5: Layer Order ~
✗ In the Layers palette, move the shape layer BELOW the photo layer.
Step #6: Clipping Mask ~
✗ Right-Click on the top layer and select Create Clipping Mask
✗ Save your file.
Step #7: New Layer below the Mask ~
✗ Select the shape layer in the Layers palette.
✗ Hold Cmd(⌘) while you click on the
Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette.
✗ This will add a new layer below the current layer, rather than above it. That's where we need this new layer to be.
Step #8: Fill Pattern ~
✗ Go to: Edit > Fill or hit the keyboard shortcut: Shift (⇧)+F5 and in the dialog box, change to Use: Pattern.
Step #9: Pattern ~
✗ Click the dropdown arrow next to the current pattern, then click on the arrow that opens the menu.
✗ From the menu, select Nature Patterns or any others that interest you …
✗ … hit Append and fill the background with any pattern you want …
✗ … and fill the background with any pattern you want.
Step #10: Pattern Filters ~
✗ With the pattern layer selected, go to: Filter > Filter Gallery …
✗ … and go to: Artistic > Underpainting or Artistic > Watercolor.
✗ Apply any other filters you want! Go Nuts!
Step #11: Effects ~
✗ Select the shape layer again …
✗ … click on the at the bottom of the Layers palette and select Bevel & Emboss.
Step #12: Make Some Room ~
✗ Hold and click on the shape layer and the image layer.
✗ This selects two layers at the same time!
✗ Click the Move Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …
✗ Click-and-drag to move the flower into the upper-left corner. Make a bit of it disappear off the top and left edges.
✗ Save the file.
Step #13: Text ~
✗ Select the top layer in the stack. We want to add a text layer above it.
✗ Select the Text Tool
✗ Type your name or whatever on the canvas.
Step #14: Rotate the Text ~
✗ Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T and adjust the text.
✗ Press Enter to save the transformation.
Step #15: Blending Mode ~
✗ Scroll through the Blending Modes and find one you like …
✗ Try Multiply, Screen or Overlay or whatever you like best …
✗ If you see other blending modes you like as you're scrolling down, don't be afraid to experiment.
✗ Blending Modes are awesome!
✗ Hint: You can scroll through the different Blending Modes by hitting Alt (⌥)+Shift+Plus:
Step #16: Apply Blending Modes to the Text ~
✗ Add Bevel and Emboss to the Text Layers too!.
Last Step: Save the file as a .jpg
✗ Go to: File > Save for Web and save make the size approximately 500 pixels wide.
✗ Save the file as a .jpg and attach.