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Making a PhotoMask in PhotoShop CS3


Masking is a unique way of making your photos stand out!
In this tutorial you will learn how to create your own personalised photomasks. Add text, edges, or shapes to jazz up your masks!
Creating a photo collage? Masks are a great way of making your photos look special.
Use your blending options to add a drop shadow or a bevel.
Follow this step by step tutorial to create your own photomasks.

Here we go!

1. Open your page and click on the Custom Shape Tool

2. Select your shape (i choose the square for this one) and
select black as the colour

3. Click on the blank page and drag your mouse until you have
the size of the shape you require

4. Click on your text tool, again selecting black as the font colour

5. Choose a thick solid font and type your wording. When finished, drag the text onto the edge of your shape. Make sure the text is touching the shape.

6. Now go to your layers and right click on each layer and select rasterize.

7. Right click again on each layer and select merge down. Your text is now connected to the square.

8. Choose your photo and place it.

9. Drag your mask layer to the top and choose your magic wand tool. Click on the mask layer, making sure all the letters are highlighted.

10.Go to your layers pallette and click on your photo and then click Ctrl +C then Ctrl +V. This will copy and paste for you.

11.Click on the eye icons in the layers pallette and just leave the middle layer. This is your masked photo.

12.Now go to your blending options and play around to achieve your final look. For this one i chose, Drop Shadow, Bevel and Emboss and added a black background.



Tue, Nov 23, 2010 5:47pm

how do you do this i need help hahah

Tue, May 25, 2010 1:28pm

how do you do this

Fri, Oct 02, 2009 3:53am

Excellent Nancy!!!!!! What an absolutely brilliant first attempt!!!! You did good girl xxxxx

Thu, Oct 01, 2009 6:14am


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