5 Photo Masking Resources
by Jen White
Do you generally think outside the box?
If you need a photo mask, where do you turn to first?
Where do you turn to second? Do you have a third, fourth, and fifth resource?
It’s easy to get stuck inside a tiny little thinking box — which ultimately limits your ability to utilize the resources available to you.
Here’s my go-to list for photo masks. Maybe it will help you broaden your masking reach. Or maybe you’ll be able to add to my list…I’d LOVE that!
- ONE. Photo masks in kits. These were designed to make your photos sing and rarely require adjustments.
- TWO. Paint and watercolors in kits–often called overlays. These elements were designed to add soft color to a scrapbook page. But consider clipping a photo to them.
- THREE. Brushes in PS/PSE. Brushes are always grayscale and can have varying degrees of transparency. Try clicking just once to see how a brush looks as a stamp or click and drag to give a brushed look. It’s often hard to tell how brushes will react with your photo until you actually do the clipping. Also try searching for free brushes on the web.
- FOUR. Shapes in PS/PSE. Photoshop Elements has many great shapes for photo masks. Adobe Photoshop has as few, too. Just as with brushes, you can find many more shapes on the web.
- FIVE. Elements in kits. Look for ones that have interesting edges. Not all elements will make good photo masks, you’ll just have to give it a try.
For a little bit of fun playing with masks and photos, check out my tutorial — Grouped Photo Masking.
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What great idea Jen! Thanks for the reminder.