Clipping masks are a great method for masking part of an image without deleting pixels. In this tutorial, we will be using a shape to hide part of a photo.
We will also be working with Photoshop’s filters, patterns, custom shapes, text, and blend modes.
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What You Should Know First
We’ll start with a photo of yours truly, taken a few years ago (click on it to view and download the full size version):
Part One: Clip an Image to a Shape using a Clipping Mask
- Open the image clipmask-goofy-lady.jpg in Photoshop.
- Save the file as a Photoshop file (File > Save As…). Remember to change the Format to Photoshop (*.PSD,*.PDD).
- Open the Layers panel (Window > Layers).
- Double-click on the Background layer and click OK so that we can move this layer around later.
- Select the Custom Shape Tool from the Tools Panel. It is in the fly-out menu for the Rectangle Tool (not the Rectangular Marquee Tool.)
- In the Control Panel, make sure that the Shape layers button is selected, not the Paths button next to it.
- Click on the Click to open Custom Shape picker arrow next to the current shape. From the Custom Shape picker that pops up, click on the right-facing arrow that opens the menu.
- From the menu, select All.
- When a dialog box asks you what you would like to do, click OK to replace the current set with all of the shapes.
- Open the Custom Shape picker again, and find the Flower 6 shape. Double-click on it, which selects it and closes the picker.
- Draw the shape over my face. Hold the Shift key down to keep the shape in proportion. You can press the Spacebar while you are drawing to reposition the outline. Make the shape large enough to show my whole face.