How To Use Clipping Masks In Adobe Photoshop

Welcome, to the Three Gypsy Souls blog! Today, I am going to teach you how to use our photography storyboard templates. A storyboard template is an easy way to incorporate multiple photographs into one print. These look fantastic on gallery walls or anywhere else your heart desires in your home decor. So let’s get to it, shall we.

First, open your storyboard template and photos you want to add in Photoshop. *Note: These templates are psd files and will require Photoshop or Photoshop Essentials. For the purpose of this tutorial I am using Adobe Photoshop CS4. If you are using a different version, then the instructions may vary slightly.


You will notice that each of the colored blocks are on a separate layer. These colored blocks are your clipping masks. Next, drag one of your photos onto the storyboard template.


Now, drag your photo over the top of the clipping mask where you want the photo placed. From the layers palette click on your photo layer, it will now be highlighted, and drag your photo above your desired clipping mask. *Hint: If you cannot tell which clipping mask is which, then you can toggle the layers on and off by clicking on each eye symbol to the left of each layer.


You will notice that my photo is now above my second clipping masks in the top right corner of my template.  Next, with your photo layer selected in the layers palette, right click and select create clipping mask. *Hint: You may also do this with keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Alt+G (on a PC) or Command+Opt+G (on a Mac).


Your photo is now clipped to the mask layer. At this point you may fine tune the position of your photo by moving it around within the clipping mask or re-sizing it as usual. Repeat this process for each photo and clipping mask. Your end result will be an amazing photo collage!


I hope this tutorial helped and we have storyboard templates available for purchase in our it Etsy Shop.


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