Have you ever been overwhelmed by a template with many layers? Have you ever wanted to clip the same patterned paper to different masks on a layout? You can save time and space in your PSD file by merging those layers into one layer first and then clipping one paper to the merged layer.
This tutorial will guide you through this process in Photoshop CS5. The steps are similar in Photoshop Elements and prior versions of Photoshop.
I began with the background layers of my new Squared layered template (to be released February 2) with the photo masks and other elements hidden. Each of the 64 light blue squares is a separate layer.
I add the second (photo sq 6), third (photo sq 6) and fourth (photo sq 16) layers to my selection by holding down the shift key while the first layer is selected and selecting each of the other 3 layers. This is what the screen looks like when all 4 layers are selected.
Next merge the selected layers. There are several ways to do this:
– Go to the Layer menu and select Merge Layers.
– Right click on any of the selected layers and choose Merge Layers.
This will result in one merged layer (photo sq 1). You will notice that photo sq 6, photo sq 11 and photo sq 16 layers are no longer in the layer list because they have merged into photo sq 1.
Place the paper that you want to clip just above the merged layer in the layers palette. Here I am using the papers from my Love Birds Kit.
Once the paper layer is in place, clip the paper to the merged layer. There are several ways to do this:
– Right click on the paper layer and select Create Clipping Mask from the menu.
– Choose the Create Clipping Mask from the Layer menu while the paper layer is selected.
– Hover in between the two layers until you see 2 circles (one filled and one empty). Then hold down Alt and click.
This is the result after the paper is clipped to the merged layer.
I continued to merge more layers to create a pattern.
I continued to merge multiple layers into one and then clip a paper to it. This is after 3 layers and 3 papers.
Here is the final result – 5 layers and 5 different papers.
I effectively pieced together my own unique patterned paper. One benefit of using this method of merging and clipping is that all the layers with the same paper line up. This gives the layout continuity and unity. One disadvantage of this method is that you have less control over what appears in each square.
I went on to complete my layout. This is a preview of my Squared 12×12 Layered Template that is going to be released on February 2.
|Love Birds Kit by Simply Kelly Designs
Squared 12×12 Layered Template by Simply Kelly Designs
I hope you found this tutorial useful.