Photo Masks

Thanks for all of the comments on my last freebie. It was definitely enlightening to see how many people actually scrap in the "non-traditional" format. I was really surprised to see how many people actually design for their digital photo frame! I don't have one, but I'm sure if I did I'd be scrapping for that too!

Photo masks look like they are the hot thing right now. Have you tried them yet? They're a fun way to liven up a picture. I decided to create some with words and phrases. Here's the first batch. If you've never tried them before, all you have to do is open up the mask in your editing program, put the photo on the layer directly above the mask, and then clip (I've seen it called "group" too) the photo layer to the mask layer (typically by using CTRL/CMD + G or CTRL/CMD + ALT + G). You may find that the lettering gets a little lost if the photo is light where the words are. I added a dark gray gradient to the letters and then changed the blend mode to suit the photo. It enhanced the letters just enough so they stood out but didn't look unnatural. Here's a pretty simple layout I did to show you how I used it. I used a paper from my (free) Grungy Poetry and Red & Green For Spring kits. I wish I could give credit for the grid element, lace, and ribbon, but the artists didn't mark them so I can't track them back. If you recognize them, let me know!

DOWNLOAD Photo Masks Set 1.

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Digi Free said... @ May 11, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 11 May [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 12 May [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).

CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search said... @ May 12, 2009 at 7:18 PM

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Template(s), Overlay(s), Photo Mask(s) post on May. 12, 2009. Thanks again.

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