Clipping mask is a very powerful tool in Photoshop especially when we want to isolate and create a mood for its effect.
For example, say we have a birthday photo that needs some style before printing or framing. This tutorial will walk you through the steps of isolating a specific area in the image to see the desired crop effect.
Step one: Open the celebratory image in Photoshop. Right click on the image layer and click layer from background. A new window pops up with default settings; click ok. This unlocks the layer so we can make changes and edits to the image.
Step two: The background is now labeled Layer 0. Create a new layer by holding Ctrl+shift+N for Windows, or Command+option+shift+N for Mac. Alternatively, you can create a new layer by selecting the small post-it looking symbol in the lower right panel. Ensure the newly created layer is ordered below Layer 0.
Step three: Select the new empty layer then choose the elliptical marquee tool (on left tool panel). Mark a circle/ellipse around the image you want to show.
Step four: After the circular placement is final, go to the Edit menu at the top and select Fill. White or black work best for Use, then choose click ok. The filled [white] circular space should now be apparent on the empty layer.
Step five: Click back to the image [Layer 0] and go to Layer menu at top; select create clipping mask. Your image will now be inside the drawn ellipse.
Observe how the image layer now has an arrow pointing down to your layer with newly filled shape. [If you would like to undo the effect, select release clipping mask from the same Layer menu.] Use the second /middle layers to add more effects if desired
Step six: Create a new layer and fill it white using the Edit menu at top (then Fill). Place the white filled layer at the bottom of all layers (rearrange them by clicking and dragging).
Step seven:.Save and print the photo to have a special highlight on the celebrant’s card! The clipping mask tool can be fast and easy in comparison to creating a mask layer and brushing it out.