Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Let's talk Clipping Mask

After reading Pioneer Woman's Photography post about making an image with rounded corners, I thought I would go over using a clipping mask one more time.
This concept is great because it uses non-destructive editing.

Here is one I made with an image of little Miss G.
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I used PW's Lovely & Ethereal and her Seventies action on the image.
I used the rounded rectangle shape and made my shape. Distressed the edges, then saved it as a png file.

From the bottom layer going up....
You will have your background color, lets say white.
Then you add your mask to the next layer up.
Then your image goes on top.

You can clip your image and mask together a couple of ways.
Highlight your image layer. Hold down the alt key and click on the line between the image layer and the mask. Find that difficult? Go to Layer, Group with Previous. (top tool bar)
After your image is clipped, you can move it around or resize it as you like. But you image stays in it's original condition. Hence non-destructive editing. =)

Hope you try making your own!!
If you still need more help. Scroll way down and I have a screen shot. The post was labeled "Freebie time".
{hugs}
~kimi~

3 comments:

smiles said...

Thanks Kimi, you know I can always use those reminders! What a cutie for a model!

KIMMER said...

Hi Kimi,

She is such a cutie! Since I am relatively new to all this, I do not understand where you got "I used PW's Lovely & Ethereal and her Seventies action on the image."

Is PW a site that I should know about? Is Lovely & Ethereal also an action?

I would love to try doing this as I have enjoyed all your tuts so far.

Thank you,
Kimmer

kimi kreations said...

Kimmer...
PW stand for Pioneer Woman.
I guess I have followed her site so long I tend to forget that others may not know what I am talking about. If you have Photoshop, she has 2 sets of free actions. Follow the link I put in the top of the post that says Pioneer Woman's Photography. Once you get there... look around for a link to here home page. Lots of good info in the Photography section. =)