Ashe Design Huge Photography Template Sale and Clipping Mask Tutorial!

Christina of Ashe Design (a new sponsor on my site) just sent me this post about her special sale on Sept. 23rd, a freebie link, and also a really nice Photoshop clipping mask tutorial.

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Ashe Design:  How to use Photoshop Clipping Masks + Huge Photography Template Sale

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Sale Begins Tuesday, Sept. 23.  Have you met Ashe Design? Ashe Design, is a leading designer of photography templates and today they are bringing the CoffeeShop Blog a great tutorial on using Photoshop Clipping Masks -- plus an amazing sale!

How to Use Photoshop Clipping Masks in Photography Templates

Once you master Photoshop Clipping Masks you'll be able to use 90% of all Ashe Design photography templates. Our photo book templates, collage designs, cards and so much more rely on using Photoshop Clipping Masks to quickly and easily add images to our designs.

Step 1: Open the Template in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

If you want to give it a try, you can always download our FREEBIE. Our September FREEBIE is a great Timeline Cover in our Life Is a Picture design. I'll use it in this example so you can follow along! Open your template and the image(s) you want to use in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

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Step 2: Identify the Photo Layers

Next you'll want to find your photo layers in your design. With the template open, look in your layers palette and identify the photo layers. This design has two photo layers. The Large Photo and the Photo layer. You'll want your image to sit above the respective photo layer when you bring into the template. While you can move the layer orders, it's a good practice to click on the photo layer, then go to your image file and drag it to your template, using the Photoshop Selection tool. Your image will automatically come in above your photo layer. (See below.)

Step 3: Use your Selection Tool to Drag Your Images into the Template

Once you've selected the correct Photo Layer in your template, go to your image. Then, using the Photoshop Selection tool, simply drag your image into your template. If you click on the photo layer first, your image should come in directly above your photo layer. If not, drag the image layer  in your layers palette to place it above the photo layer.

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Step 4: Clip Your Image to the Photo Layer

Now with your image over the photo layer, you are able to clip your image to the photo layer. To do this, you can do any of the following: • Hold the ALT/OPTION Key and then move your mouse between the two layers until you see the double circles. Once you see the double circles, CLICK to clip your image to the photo layer. OR • With your image highlighted in the layers palette (blue) and directly over the photo layer go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask (or use the short cut CONTROL/COMMAND + G) to clip your image to the photo layer. Note: Your image will take on the properties of the layer clipping layer. See the Large photo in this example.
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Step 5: Adjust the Image Size and Placement

To adjust the size of your image use the short cut CONTROL/COMMAND + T or go IMAGE > TRANSFORM > FREE TRANSFORM. IMPORTANT: Make sure you hold you SHIFT key down while you resize your image or click the button to "Constrain Proportions" button so you don't skew your image. Step6-ChangeSize Congratulations! You are ready to save your final file! Want to try designing more?

Shop our HUGE BIRTHDAY SALE!

Tomorrow, Sept. 23, 2014, is Sonja's Birthday. For one day only, you can get ALL Ashe Design digital download templates for just $5 each!

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Fall is Coming!!!

After a long, hot, and dry summer; Autumn made her quiet introduction this week and we met her with great joy.  We woke up one rainy morning and decided to go visit our local park. I knew it would be empty because it was wet and a school day.  This is one of the many perks of homeschooling (peace and quiet).


I have been a true hippy-dippy ex-scientist lately and decided it was the perfect humid day to test out my new "safe" homemade foundation (wonderful for my "mature" skin), powder (I only use a tiny bit because it can emphasize my wrinkles), eye-liner (coconut oil and Activated Charcoal applied with eyeliner brush), and blush (Hibiscus Flower Powder mixed with Arrowroot Powder).   I have been using these for a few days and my skin has never looked better, but I was curious how homemade makeup would hold up to outdoor play.

They all worked GREAT!  Even my eyeliner stayed on my very watery eyes.  My skin felt so soft and wonderful and the foundation did not run one bit (thanks to the beeswax).


We got to the park and as predicted it was almost empty except for the ducks and geese who came by to attack greet us.  Unfortunately (?) we forgot to bring snacks for them so they didn't hang out with us long.

BTW, I used the Pretty Preset Chamomile preset on these images. I think it is the perfect preset for fall.


Acorns and fat squirrels were everywhere.


The usually dusty-gray Spanish moss was colored brilliant green due to the rain and overcast skies.  I asked the boys to use it as a wig and this is the face they gave me.  It was probably a good thing since it is filled with bugs and other icky things you wouldn't want on your head.


We hit the swings.  They even asked me to swing them.  Ahhhh, it reminds me of when they were tiny tots…  In diapers…  Screaming…  Sleepless nights…  Did I mention I love having kids over six years of age?  ;-)


And the puddles.  Duke wouldn't go in them because he was convinced they were full of flesh-eating bacteria thanks to me reading the kids interesting science and health news articles.  He better get over it because we are heading to the beach soon and the ocean is full of scary things.  After all, we did watch that Shark Imax that tried to convince me that sharks were lovable creatures.  It didn't work...


Finally they hit one of the playsets and complained that it was too small.  I pointed out it was for children under five.  Gulp, they are so big now.  Diapers.  Screaming.  Sleepless nights. I love my seven and nine year old.

It was a glorious "fall preview" day at the park.  Of course, it is going to be back in the 90's this week, but we enjoyed it while it lasted.

Have a great Sunday!!!

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.


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Photo Printing, Photoshop/PSE Actions, and Lightroom Specials This Weekend!

I received the news of some great specials for photographers going on this weekend.  Please click on each image to read more about them!

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Photoshop/PSE Action Set Sale!!!


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5x7 Printing Sale!


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Gallery Wrapped Canvas Sale!!!


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Free Pretty Presets Lightroom Webinar on Sunday!!!


Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.

For complete info on installing all of my actions, click here.


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CoffeeShop "Lego Friends"- Inspired Digital Paper Pack!



If you have a houseful of Legos killing your feet then you will love (or hate!) these new "Lego Friends" girly-inspired digital papers.   I have a classic color set available here.

Download the CoffeeShop Girly Building Blocks Paper Set. You can also download it here.

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.


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