Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: How to clip a layer in Photoshop

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What exactly does that mean?

I think one of the best ways to explain it is that it’s like “digital gluing”. You can “clip” a photo or paper onto a photoshop shape. Do you remember back in 90’s when it was popular to cut out your photo into a certain shape as a creative accent to your scrapbooking pages? Like this…LBS_Awesome90s_Web2

By a raise of hands…how many of you ruined TONS of photo’s by doing this? LOL! Ya, me too. That’s why today we’ll learn that we can achieve the same effect digitally without ruining our photos!

This is a great way to use digital templates, digital scrapbooking templates, blog storyboards, photography storyboards, pinterest boards, facebook boards etc. or….to mimic the “cut” and “glue” effect for your photos. There are 2 ways to achieve this.

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Option #1:

1. Open your file or template in photoshop. In the layers palette, you’ll notice multiple layers.

2. Drag photo’s and/or paper ABOVE the shape that you want to clip together.

3. Hold down Alt (or Option for Mac) and position your mouse cursor over the line dividing two layers in the Layers panel.
(Once your cursor changes, click your mouse button).

4. To add additional layers to the clipping mask, follow the same method as steps 1-3, and work your way upward one level at a time in the Layers panel.

Option #2:

1. Open your file or template in photoshop. In the layers palette, you’ll notice multiple layers.

2. Drag photo’s and/or paper ABOVE the shape that you want to clip together.

3.  Go to Layer → Create Clipping Mask or choose the same command from the Layers panel menu.
(Once your cursor changes, click your mouse button).

4. To add additional layers to the clipping mask, follow the same method as steps 1-3, and work your way upward one level at a time in the Layers panel.

Option #2 Sample:

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*Please note:
-The downward  pointing arrow icons beside each layer on the Layers panel indicate that the layers are clipped.
-The clipping mask takes on the opacity and blend mode of the base layer.
-To “un-clip” a layer, right click on the photo or paper you’d like to un-clip and click on “release clipping mask”.

Finished Effect

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 Sahlin Studio also has a wonderful tutorial.