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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The wonder of it all


Did you ever have such a full brain that you made yourself a ham, cheese and tomato sandwich and forgot to include the ham? This happened to me, just days ago. I actually ate the whole sandwich before I realized what I had done, I was so distracted.

This distraction is the result of exciting things that have been occupying my time. Sorry to be a tease, but that's all I'm saying for now. All will be revealed in the next few days. Promise.

But in the meantime, I wanted to give you one last opportunity to grab my two sets of clipping masks before I retire them (see below). Soon they will make way for some new clipping masks -- of the 16 masks you see below, only a couple of them will continue on into new sets. All part of that distraction I mentioned, you see.....

The above image was created using the "wonder" mask in Sampler #2; this particular clipping mask will not be in the new sets. Besides the mask, I used one of my angel photographs as well as one of my new textures to create the piece. And yes, both the angel and the texture are part of the recent distraction too!

When I first blogged about these clipping masks HERE, I gave detailed instructions on how to use them. If you're looking for an easier method, I suggest you give this trick a try. Just open up the clipping mask file, which is a PNG file, and with your foreground colour set to white, click in any of the transparent areas (where you see the checkerboard when you open the file in Photoshop) with your Paint Bucket tool to fill those areas with white. As long as "Contiguous" is not checked off up in your menu bar after you select the Paint Bucket, all the transparent areas will be filled with white, all at once. If "Contiguous" is checked, you would need to click in each transparent area, filling them in one at a time. Too much work!

Save the PNG as a JPG; after you do this, Photoshop will ask if you want to save the changes to the PNG file when you try to close it; just click "no". And now you're set -- no worrying about where to place the mask or how to apply it. Use the JPG just like you would a texture -- on the layer above your photograph -- and then with that mask layer selected, choose either Screen or Lighten as your layer blending mode. Done!

Why don't you give it a try? These two sets will only be available for the next couple of days.

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