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Frame an Image inside a Shape or Text using Photoshop

Part One [Cont.]

  1. When you let go, the shape will fill with whatever your Foreground color was, but the color won’t matter once we apply a clipping mask.
Shape Filled with Color
Shape Filled with Color
  1. In the Layers panel, click-and-drag the photo layer above the flower shape layer.
New Layer Order
New Layer Order
  1. Here’s where the clipping mask comes in. Hover your mouse over the border between the two layers in the Layers panel. Then press the Alt key (Mac: Option). You should see an overlapping circle icon appear where your mouse was: Clipping Mask icon
  2. Click with your mouse when that icon appears. A clipping mask will be created which hides the photo where it leaves the edges of the flower shape.
Result of Clipping Mask
Result of Clipping Mask
  1. Save the file.

 

Part Two: Artistic Touches

  1. Select the shape layer in the Layers panel.
  2. Hold the Ctrl key while you click on the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. This will add a new layer below the current layer, rather than above it. That’s where we need this new layer to be.
Add a Layer Below
Add a Layer Below
  1. We’ll fill this new, empty layer with a pattern. Make sure it is selected in the Layers panel.
  2. Go to Edit > Fill.
  3. In the dialog box, change the Use: dropdown to Pattern.
  4. Click the Custom Pattern dropdown arrow, then click on the right-facing arrow that opens the menu.
  5. From the menu, select Nature Patterns.
Select Nature Patterns
Select Nature Patterns
  1. When a dialog box asks you what you would like to do, click Append to and the current set to the default patterns.
  2. From the Custom Pattern dropdown, select the pattern called Blue Daisies.
Blue Daisies PatternDaisy Pattern in Background
Blue Daisies Pattern
  1. That’s a cool effect, but let’s make it our image look “painterly”:
    1. Select the photo layer in the Layers panel.
    2. Run the Watercolor filter (Filter > Artistic > Watercolor.)
Watercolor Filter
Watercolor Filter
  1. Select the daisy pattern layer and run the Underpainting filter (Filter > Artistic > Underpainting).
Underpainting Filter
Underpainting Filter

 

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