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The EarlK Design blog consists mainly of entries that show how to do things using Adobe Photoshop that I hope you will find helpful and give your creative mind more tools to work with.

I use Adobe Photoshop CS6, and sometimes Adobe Illustrator CS5, Lightroom 5, and Corel Painter X. However, I believe that much of what I show can be done using Photoshop Elements.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Using a pattern to create clipping masks

Do you want to have your own arrangement of clipping masks for your layout page? Here is an easy way to make as many clipping masks for your page as you want.

Do you want, say 144 masks on one 12 x 12-inch page like this? Easy!

Or, do you need 16 masks on a page? Easy!

Or, would you like only 4 masks on the page? Again, easy!

Would you like to adjust the arrangement?

Watch my video to see how easy this is to do.

The password is mask.

Enter the password to view the video.

Using a pattern to create clipping masks from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

The video shows you the idea behind how to do this. I used a square in the example. You could use a rounded corner rectangle, a circle, a dog shape, anything you want when you make your pattern. If you know about what size you want the masks to be, then I would suggest making the pattern about that size. This is because at 100% scaling, the pattern created in the pattern fill is the size of the pattern you made. If for example, as in my video, I used a 1-inch square document to put in my pattern with 1/16th-inch around it. That gave me a 1/8th-inch between the squares. This happens at 100%. If I go to a smaller percent, the spacing between the squares becomes smaller, that is, less than 1/8th-inch. If I increase the scaling greater than 100%, the spacing between the squares becomes greater. You can see this in the images above. But, you don't have to think too much about it, since you can always move or transform the masks as you want them on the page.

Also, if you don't want some of the masks; just don't use them. Turn off the layer visibility or delete the masks you don't want. The whole thing is under your control.

I hope this has been helpful to you.

Enjoy Photoshop and your scrapbooking.



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