Ever wondered how people get that gold foil text look? Or how to crop your photos to different shapes? The answer is the clipping mask tool!
The clipping mask tool has to be one of the most useful photoshop functions, especially for bloggers who want to design eye-catching graphics and blog images.
In this tutorial I will show you, step by step, how you can create your own clipping mask using Adobe Photoshop, along with different ways you can use this tool.
Open a new document in photoshop. Using the text tool, write out your text and choose the font and text size you wish to use.
Open up your image and drag it on top of your text. Make sure the photo covers all of the text so it is no longer visible.
In the layers palette, check your photo layer is above your text layer, this is important otherwise the clipping mask won't work.
With your photo layer selected, go to the top menu bar and click Layer > Create Clipping Mask. (You can also right-click on the photo layer in the layers palette, and click 'create clipping mask' there).
You can then move the photo layer around to adjust the crop of the clipping mask, and your done!
You can use this trick with any image or pattern you like. Here is another example I created below.
Note: If you want to move the text around without messing up the position of the clipping mask, select both the text layer and the photo layer in the layers palette > right-click > group from layers. This will group the layers together so they move around as one.
Different ways to use a clipping mask effect.
You can also apply this technique to crop your images to shapes. Just create a shape, open your photo as a new layer, make sure the photo layer is on top of the shape layer, go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask.
Below are some examples I created.
This trick is often used to crop photos into a circle for an 'about me' photo in a blog sidebar.
Again, it is the same technique, however it can sometimes be easier to open the photo first, and then create the circle so you know it is covering the right area of the photo.
(Just make sure you then drag the photo layer above the shape layer in the layers palette, before creating the clipping mask.)
I hope you found this tutorial helpful! Let me know what you thought in the comments below, or leave me any suggestions for future tutorials :)