Basics of Clipping Masks Part 2

Remember last week’s tutorial on the basics of clipping masks? Today I am taking that concept a step farther and showing the different ways you can create clipping masks and utilize them.

Don't judge; was for example purposes only

There will be no screen prints with this tutorial because our homeschool is back in full swing. Due to a much tighter schedule with homeschooling 7th, 5th and 2nd graders (plus a kindergartener in public school) I am having to cut back on the more time-consuming activities I have been doing and honestly screen prints take a whole lot of time to make, save and upload. So, this is one of many to come video tutorials.

In the tutorial below I show how to:

  • Use shapes of all sorts as clipping masks
  • Use type/text as clipping masks
  • Merge clipping masks together
  • Use brushes to create a clipping mask


About Amanda

I am passionate about helping others learn how to use their DSLR cameras and editing programs. More information about me can be found at my About page, or by visiting my personal blog.


  1. Just so you don’t feel hard on yourself, I actually feel like video tutorials are in many ways more helpful. I wouldn’t feel like you ever need to do all that screen print nonsense. Just my two cents. Thanks for the tutorial!


  1. […] As a follow up to our last blog post, I wanted to let you know that the second part of the three-part blog post on the basics of clipping masks on the Everyday Elements blog is up. I think you’ll find it helpful. Check it out at ‘Basics of Clipping Masks for Photoshop Elements Part 2‘. […]

  2. […] Last night I noticed a link to a tutorial or two from Everyday Elements yet was far too tired to even contemplate practising Amanda’s tutorials, generously shared via her Facebook page, so I added to my bookmarks ready for another day.  Well today we have been busy; post birthday meal with mother in law meant plenty of chances to capture some photographs – albeit on my phone as I didn’t take my camera with me – and tonight, having a bit of time on my hands after reading and putting our daughter to bed I decided as I was wide awake, it was a great time to experiment with the clipping mask tutorial shown here, the basics of clipping masks, so the below edit is just that, my first experiment of a clipping mask montage.  I am really proud of it!!!  … Psst Part 2 is here […]

  3. […] You MUST know how to use clipping masks. If you are not familiar with using them, check out the tutorials Clipping Masks Part 1 and Clipping Masks Part 2. […]

  4. […] for a little more? Check out Clipping Masks Part 2 to dig a little […]

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