In a recent tutorial, we demonstrated how to create and use clipping masks to develop digital scrapbook layouts from drawings. Today, we take a closer look at how to create clipping masks and use them in your own graphic design projects.
While the possibilities for Clipping Masks are endless, the steps are few. To get started:
- Open up images you’d like to use for your project.
- If your Project Bin is invisible, double-click the Project Bin tab so that you can see your images and access them at any time.
- Open up a new, blank document.
- Draw a shape with any shape tool.
- From the Project Bin, select and drag-and-drop a photograph to the target document (the new one with the shape).
- Select the Move tool (V) and click on a corner of your image to adjust the size of the image so that it is just a bit larger than the shape (please see the following video for more details).
- With the photo layer still active, select Layer>Create Clipping Mask.
And, that’s it — at least for the basic steps. The following video demonstrates variations on these instructions and shares a few more details on what’s possible with Clipping Masks.
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