March 8, 2011

Clipping Photo Masks in Photoshop

Our latest facebook exclusive free kit includes 3 photo masks. 
 If you are not sure how to use these- here is a quick tutorial using Photoshop CS5.

(It would be best for the image to overlap the mask completely. However, for demonstration purposes, the photo layer is smaller than the mask.)

Questions? Let us know!


  1. Do you have instructions for those of use who don't use photoshop? I use Creative Memories sbcStudio software for Mac.


  2. Donna Sabis-BurnsMarch 8, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    I would love to have the instructions in Photoshop Elements :) Really appreciate the tutorial!!! Thanks. Donna

  3. Donna Burns- these instructions apply to all photoshop programs.
    Donna Penn- we are told that the CM software allows you to "clip" photo's to shapes and not .png files? With a shape, you would lose the grunge/overlay look. Still working on a confirmation.

  4. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 Mar 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  5. Thank you! How simple, now that I know. ;-)

  6. I'm having the hardest time figuring out how to do the first step of placing the photo layer on top of the photo mask layer. i just can't figure it out :(

  7. Sharon, you would create a new layer above the mask, and with the top layer highlighted, clip it.
    You can clip by the keyboard shortcuts in the image- or you can also go to the top bar of photoshop where it says "Layers" - drop down- choose "create clipping mask".

  8. Your image works beautifully with the mask Nancy!