I am using
Photoshop CS 3 Extended for this tutorial...
will work in
all versions of Photoshop
I've had a
few people ask me how Masks work in PS...it might be a little
in PSP (Paint Shop Pro) but once you learn how to use them
Photoshop.. you will become accustom to the process.
only work in PNG & JPG mask images. The PNG method is easiest. So I
that method first.
Use the above arrow to keep up with where you
are at in the tutorial
your PNG mask, also open the bkg paper your wanting to use for the
bkg paper image, on its layer palette click and drag it over to the
mask image window.
Highlight the paper layer and go to Layer up at the top of your PS
window/Create Clipping Mask.
Easy as that.. merge visible.. and go on with the creating your tag.
There is a
lil more to using a JPG Mask...
your jpg mask. Right click on top and duplicate, close the original
If your mask
has the black around the edges like the one below.. there is an
you have to do.
#5. Go to
Layer/New Adjustment layer/Invert/ Merge visible
Now that you
have the mask with the design in black and the outside white.. we
#6. Go up to
EDIT/ Define Brush Preset or F10 is how I have my Photoshop set up.
# 7. Add a
new layer on your Mask. Hide the bottom or mask layer.
#8. Click on
your brush tool and find your new brush you just made.
onto the new blank layer. See below... You can save it as a PNG or
just start with the steps
above PNG Steps #1- 3
if there is
an easier way of doing this.. please feel free to contact me.. I'd
love to know!!