Take what you learned in the Clipping Masks tutorial and make your own Photoshop art!
- Open any largish photo in Photoshop. Photos of people work really well for this, but are not necessary.
- Save the file as lastnamefirstinitial_clipping-mask-art.psd.
(Remember to change the Format to
- Add either a custom shape or a text which is large enough to cover the most interesting parts of the photo.
- Move the shape or text layer below the photo layer and create a clipping mask (Alt-click on the border between the two layers.)
- Add a new layer at the bottom of the stack and fill it with a pattern of your choice.
- Apply a filter to the photo layer and another one to the pattern layer.
- Apply a layer style to the shape layer.
- Move the text/shape layer and the photo layer together so that they are positioned off-center in any interesting place.
- Add any other artistic touches you like. Experiment!
Here's a photo of a bee on purple flowers. I clipped it to a Puzzle 4 shape to which I applied a Drop Shadow layer effect. The photo has a Poster Edges filter applied. The background layer is filled with a Brush Pen on Canvas pattern and then had a Texturizer filter applied.
Here's a photo of a sea lion. I clipped it to text that says "sea lion" (font: Franklin Gothic ITC Heavy, 310pt). The text layer has an Outer Glow layer style and a Stroke layer style. I created a background layer and filled it with a Stones pattern, then applied a Glass filter to it. I applied a Film Grain filter to the sea lion photo.