Using The Free Photo Mask

Posted on September 20, 2014 by Leslie Nicole | 10 Comments

Did you get the free photo mask download in the previous post?

Here are a couple of ideas for how to use it.

The digital paper for the image above is from the Love Ya Digital Papers.

Little self-portrait. (You bet there's a bit of retouching!)

Using A Clipping Mask

A condensed guide to using the mask.

  1. Drag the mask under your photo layer, but above the background layer.
  2. Create a clipping mask between your photo and the mask. Here's a quick way to create a clipping mask: Select the layer of the photo above the mask. Use the keyboard shortcut: Command + Option + G (Mac) or Control + Alt + G (PC). Super easy!
  3. Resize the mask or the photo as needed using the transform tool. For this mask, be sure to constrain the ratio by holding down the shift key, otherwise the script will be distorted. You can probably get away with a little distortion, but avoid too much.

Here's what your Layer Panel should look like.

Note how the photo layer is indented slightly and there's a little arrow pointing down. That indicates that there is a clipping mask.

 

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Leslie Nicole
Leslie Nicole

June 14, 2017

Hi Arlene, to change the color of the mask use the same exact steps as above, but instead of using a clipping mask for a photo, use it for a “solid color adjustment layer” instead. In the layer panel, choose the icon that is half black, half white. Choose Solid Color. Use the clipping mask on this. There are a lot of tutorials on the tut blog under “Tutorials/Using Overlays”. http://frenchkisstextures.com/category/tutorials/using-overlays/

Arlene
Arlene

June 12, 2017

Hi Leslie, layer 3 copy 3 in your teaching above. How do I change the colour from black to a colour of my choice please?

Leslie Nicole
Leslie Nicole

September 25, 2016

Thank you all! Enjoy. :-)

Nadia Galinkin
Nadia Galinkin

September 03, 2016

Your textures not only beautiful, but also very inspirational!!!
Thank you for everything you share with us!!!!!

Dina
Dina

July 07, 2015

Thank you for teaching us. It’s the only way I am encourage to buy when i know how to use it. Lol. Can’t wait to practice this tutorial.

Larisa
Larisa

December 24, 2014

Большое спасибо, Очень нравятся Ваши работы. Тоже хочу научиться так выполнять свои работы

Ian Sturrock [ Scotland ]
Ian Sturrock [ Scotland ]

December 24, 2014

Leslie > thank you so much for your help with tuts > I am always looking for an Edge at the photo club and you have given me that. Using my images and learning PS with your techniques I now have an edge Very Best Wishes for 2015

Ian x

Barb Gould
Barb Gould

October 14, 2014

Thank you for the tutorial!

Nina
Nina

September 23, 2014

THANK YOU for the lovely clipping mask! Your portrait is beautiful! :)

Kari Nanstad
Kari Nanstad

September 22, 2014

Cool ! Thanks so much for the tutorial and textures!

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