Here is a simple tutorial on how to use photo clipping masks in a Digiluxe PSD (Photoshop) template.
BEFORE you open a paid template, you will need to download & install the fonts listed on the instruction sheet that came with your template. (Unfortunately, I can not provide direction for installing fonts as the steps vary depending on your specific model of computer)
Once you have installed the required fonts and downloaded your template from your Etsy Purchases Tab — begin with step one.
- Open Photoshop!
- Click FILE > OPEN and navigate to the template you saved and then CLICK > OPEN.
Now it’s time to add your photo to the template. CLICK FILE > OPEN and navigate to the photo that you would like to use and then CLICK > OPEN. Your window should now feature both the template AND the photo you have chosen.
With the photo layer selected in the layers palette and the Move Tool selected via the far left tools menu, HOLD DOWN > CTRL on your keyboard, then (while still holding CTRL) right click and drag the photo over to the template file.
Your photo is now within the template as it’s own layer. In order to create a clipping mask, MOVE or DRAG the photo layer directly above the layer labeled PHOTO CLIPPING MASK. The photo layer MUST placed above the clipping mask layer that you want to use.
Now that you have your photo placed above the layer PHOTO CLIPPING MASK, you will need to select the photo layer and then LEFT CLICK the layer. A drop down box will appear. Scroll down to CREATE CLIPPING MASK and RIGHT CLICK it.
You will now see that your photo has been placed within the clipping mask.
Now that your photo has been clipped, you can move it around and resize it within the clipping mask to your liking. To move and resize, keep the layer selected, then click CTRL + T (at the same time) and the bounding box will appear. Use your RIGHT CLICK to move the photo around within the box.
To scale the photo, you will need to hover over corner box, hold your SHIFT KEY down and pull in or out. This may take some practice!
Once you are happy with your photo scale and placement CLICK ENTER which will place and deselect the layer — see below.
Repeat the steps above for all of the photo layers within your purchased template.
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