Using Templates: Shape/Photo Masks using the clipping mask in Photoshop

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Using Templates: Shape/Photo Masks using the clipping mask in Photoshop

The most basic thing you can do with the shape mask templates from this site is use them as clipping masks, and add any paper to their shape. This tutorial is the same for clipping a photo to a photo mask.

What you need:

  • a shape mask or photo mask
  • any digital paper or your photo

Open your shape mask in the canvas you want to work in.

Add your paper to a layer above the shape mask.

Right click on the paper layer and choose "create clipping mask."

This will clip your paper to the layer below, which is your shape mask.

Love the ease of clipping masks! Did it by accident and fell in love after that.

I loved clipping masks. It took me a few versions of PSE before I figured out what they were. Now I use them all the time!

So easy and I didn't know it... I have to learn more about PS (I need finish my course fast... kkk). Thank you for share it!!!

It is easy and I love to use masks.

Thank you for this. I never knew what masks were for until now. I love Photoshop, it does so much.

it is so beautiful, and easy.
I've only just photoshop and have much to learn.
Thank you for dez tutorials

Masks are great

Thanks for sharing this is great smiley

Simple and clear! Thanks

simple! I love this! you have literally taught me SO MUCH!!!!!!

Thanks for explaining things....a lot of times it is just assumed that everyone knows how to do these things!

Thank you! =D

thank you! i'm going to try this!

I'm going to try this right now! Thank you.

I absolutely love clipping masks. Greatest invention ever. C:

Thanks for the tip, I'm still trying to get comfortable with GIMP's equivalent masking layer. Just today was trying to figure out if there's an easy way to change the paper out after you've built the photo mask...still not sure in Gimp but I did try the selection to mask feature. Not sure that I've got it fully figured out might have been some glitches, so I'm looking forward to playing with it some more. That cutout challenge is giving me a lot of ways to apply the mask feature. smiley

I did it! Oh the possibilities!

Oh thank you so much! This is sooo much easier than I thought!

Thanks again for sharing!

I love to use masks too. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks. I love clipping masks especially when I use templates or layouts

genial , hace tiempo estoy tratando de hacer esto y no sabía como , resultó tan simple , mil gracias !!!!!!!!!

Your tutorials are great. Not only written well, but the photos that accompany them help with the "visual" side of learning. Thank you so much.

Great tutorial.

I learned about clipping masks from another digi scrap site, but your tutorial is easier to understand. Thanks!

I love this tuts! Really easy to understand & very helpful! I have tried this tuts for my wedding picture using love shape and it works fine! smiley smiley

Thank you for your great tutorials!

Just found this tutorial, and I'm so glad I did! Thanks smiley

This was so intimidating to me, but now I get it, thanks to your tutorial! It really is easy. Thanks!

Thanks Marisa - I found out somewhere that if you place your layer above your clipping mask and the layer is selected, you press Ctrl+Alt+G
(This is for photoshop on windows...)