How to use photo masks or clipping masks in Photoshop

How to use photo masks or clipping masks in Photoshop

Here is a very easy tutorial on how to use photo masks or clipping masks in Photoshop. This tutorial will work in both Photoshop CC, CS and Elements.

A clipping mask, also known as photo mask, is like the digital version of a paper punch, once applied, your photo will take the shape of the clipping mask just like when you are using a punch to cut out flowers or any other shape.

The areas of your photo located on top of the clipping mask will show through, however the areas that go beyond the clipping mask’s boundaries, will not be visible.

If the photo mask has different levels of opacity and texture the picture will also replicate those details giving your photos amazing texture effects as well.

Where to buy clipping masks or photo masks?

You will find the most beautiful photo masks in any digital scrapbooking online store, I also have many available at Lilmade Digitals.

Here is the three steps tutorial

a. First: organize your layers

Open the photo mask, then open the paper or picture you want to mask. Make sure the paper or picture layer is above the mask layer. As you can see in the picture below, I have my background layer which is simple a solid white layer, then on the second layer, I have the photo mask  shape, and on top of my photo mask I placed the picture I intend to mask. By the way, that’s my delicious home made bread!
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b. Clip the mask

Hold down ALT key (OPTION key for MAC users), and position the mouse pointer over the line in between the two layers in the layers panel, and then click.

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c. Merge artwork:

Your mouse pointer will change to a white square indicating you have a clipping mask. Notice how the edges of our picture have changed and you can now see the white background underneath. If you select the picture layer, you can move it around, reposition it and even resize it it. Once you are happy with the result, right click on the photo mask layer and select “Merge clipping mask”.

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And you are done, that’s all there is to it!

I hope you found this tutorial useful!

Thanks for looking ♥

Smiling daisies digital stamps

Smiling daisies digital stamps set comes with six fun floral stamps, kawaii style, featuring hand drawn floral clip arts  with smiley faces in the center of the flowers. These stamps are great to create handmade cards, scrapbooking elements and even embroidery designs!

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SMILING DAISIES DIGITAL STAMP SET

 

You make my heart smile: the easiest card you’ll ever make!

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YOU MAKE MY HEART SMILE HANDMADE CARD

 

Here is how I made this handmade card:

  • Resizing: the digital stamps measure about 6 inches at the widest or tallest point, so if you are going to use them on a handmade card, you will need to load them in Photoshop or Paint shop pro and resize them to a smaller size, in this case I resized the card to a little bit less than 3 inches.
  • Writing the sentiment: while I was working in Photoshop I also wrote the sentiment “you make my heart smile” at the bottom of the resized image. The font I used is one of my favorite fonts and it’s called Pacifico.
  • Printing: I flattened the image, saved the file with a new name (very important!) and printed out the digital stamp and the sentiment on white Neenah 110 lb cardstock.
  • Cutting the stamp and sentiments: I could’ve cut the stamp very accurately with my Silhouette Cameo and the PixScan mat, but because it was only one image I decided to just fuzzy-cut it with a small scissor, you can see it’s not a perfect cut, but it is good enough and It didn’t take long at all! If you have a lot of stamps to cut, then yes, it would be better to use the Cameo to save time.
  • Coloring: I decided to go with a colored background so that’s why I used the stamp in black and white, however if you are using a white background you can use Watercolors or Copic Markers to color in the stamp and make it stand out.
  • Cutting the backgrounds: to cut the yellow cardstock circle I used my old Cuttlebug and the Sizzix Framelits die set, and for the squares I used the Sizzix Framelites squares. I also wanted to add a sort of frame or mat but I didn’t have a die larger that the one I used to cut the orange square, so I just placed the card on a piece of yellow cardstock and trimmed to fit the card.
  • Assembling the card: to give a fun 3D effect, I mounted everything using double sided foam tape. 

I hope you’ll find this post helpful!

Happy crafting!!

Great filters to enhance your photos

There are a lot of great filters to enhance your photos and transform them into a gorgeous piece for your scrapbook and art journaling projects, and the best part is that you don’t need to own a complex graphic software, many of these apps are free or very affordable, can simply be installed on your phone and many don’t require internet connection to be used.

This is a photo of the Palace of fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, a magic place surrounded by gardens where you can take a lot of gorgeous pictures, even wedding pictures. As you can see, the “before photo” is really nice and crisp, but it needed a little bit of something extra to add it to Instagram, so here is the list of filters I applied:

Apps used:

Picfx app

Instagram.

Steps:

Very simple! I opened the original photo in Picfx app, went to Classics and applied the Olden filter. Somehow this filter turned the sky turquoise and it seems that also added a little bit of a texture. Then, in the same app, I went to Light and selected the filter Hearts Small, this filter applied the gorgeous bokeh effect. I saved the new picture to my phone and then loaded it on Instagram where I just used the filter Slumber to add that dusty, vintage look.

 

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BEFORE. ORIGINAL PICTURE

 

Don’t forget to print it out and add it to your scrapbook album, that way you will never lose it!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will find this post useful.

Happy crafting!