Lesson 1

OBJECTIVE:

In this lesson, you'll rasterize a type layer, then use a clipping group as a mask for imagery already in an image.  You'll also use the Transform command to alter an object's appearance.

 

Lesson:  Transform a type layer for use in a clipping mask

  1. Open PS 11-1.psd from the Digital Design folder on the server
  2. Save the file as PS_C11_L1_Stamps (your username) - the STAMPS type layer is active
  3. Click Layer on the Application bar, point to Rasterize, then click Type - the STAMPS layer is no longer a type layer
  4. Click the Move tool on the Tools panel
  5. Click Edit on the Application bar, point to Transform, then click Skew
  6. Type -15 in the Set horizontal skew text box on the options bar so the type is slanted
    [Tip:  You can also drag the handles surrounding the object until the skew effect looks just right]
  7. Click the Commit transform (Return) button on the options bar
  8. Turn off the guides if they are displayed
    [Tip:  There are two methods you can use to turn off the display of guides:  you can hide them (using the Show command on the View menu) or clear them (using the Clear command on the View menu) - hiding the guides means you can display them at a later date, while clearing them means they will no longer exist in your document - unless you know that you'll never need the guides again, it's a good idea to hide them]

Summary:  You rasterized the existing type layer, then altered its shape using the Skew command and the Set horizontal skew by entering the value in the text box on the options bar.  This transformation slanted the image.

 

Lesson:  Create a clipping mask

  1. Drag the STAMPS layer beneath the Stamps layer
    [Tip:  Having multiple layers with the same or similar names is not a problem for Photoshop - to help out, try varying layer names or using upper and lowercase letters]
  2. Click the Indicates layer visibility button on the Stamps layer on the Layers panel - the Stamps layer will serve as the fill for the clipping mask
    [Tip:  It's a good idea to first position the layer that will act as a mask above the layer containing the pattern so that you can adjust its size and shape - after the size and shape are the way you want them, reposition the mask layer beneath the pattern layer]
  3. Use the workspace switcher to display the History and Layers workspace (created in Chapter 1)
  4. Point to the horizontal line between the STAMPS and Stamps layers, press and hold ALT, then click
  5. Release ALT - the cliping mask is created - the stamps background becomes visible through the text
  6. Save your work
  7. Restore the Essentials workspace

Summary:  You created a clipping mask using the STAMPS and Stamps layers.  This effect lets you use the imagery in one layer as the fill for an object in another layer.