Clipping mask tutorial

Another tutorial we did was creating clipping masks in photoshop. I know how do this in Illustrator and now Indesign, however I didn’t know how to do this in photoshop. Here is a quick tutorial on how to create a clipping mask with text in photoshop.

leavesSo first you have to choose an image to make into a clipping mask, this is the image were given to download off moodle. As the image is of flowers Tim decided that the word we were going to make into clipping mask should be relevant to the background image. So the word we went with was ‘Spring’. Once we had downloaded the image and opened it up in photoshop, the next step was to (on a separate layer), add the text you wanted making sure that photograph of the flowers was above the text layer.

Screen Shot 2017-04-18 at 13.21.45

Then to create the clipping mask you needed to click holding shift between the two layers so that a little black arrow appears on the screen, by clicking that arrow the photograph will create a clipping mask of the text like you can see from the image above. Here you can then move the background image around the text to see what looks better.

Screen Shot 2017-04-18 at 13.22.51Finally when everything is in the correct place you can add a background colour like I have done here to give the fishing touch. By learning this new technique it will help with this current project and future ones to come. It will speed up process and has given me the change to develop my skills in photoshop and other softwares. This could be go to use for title pages in the double page spread using my own photography including the up and coming trips to London and Dungeness. When I’m taking photographs his will be in the back of my mind and to consider layout and design.


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