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September 3rd, 2006, 07:57 AM
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This was a question that was asked over on the How to Board, so I thought I'd post it here for everyone. There are a number of ways to do this, but this is how I do it. I'm sure Teresa, Patty and Jacquie have different ways.

Step 1. First I open my picture that I want to work with and unlock the layer.



Step 2. Next you want to add a new layer to your image. Do that by clicking Layer>New>Layer then you can name it (I usually don't) and then click Okay.

Step 3. Next you'll select your Custom Shape Tool



Once you've selected the Custom Shape Tool, you'll see a menu bar at the top with a drop down menu. Click the arrow to drop down the box and select the shape you want to use. I'm using a heart, but you can use whatever you want.



Now if you move your mouse over your image you'll see a + sign. You can then draw your shape. Be certain that you're drawing it on the new layer you created.



At this point you can resize your shape, or your picture layer so that it fits for you. I usually make my picture layer a little smaller. I'm assuming that you know how to edit the size of a layer already, but if you don't let me know.

Step 4. When you have it sized the way you want, you'll need to move the shape layer to the bottom of your picture layer. Do this by selecting the shape layer then going to Layers>Arrange>Move to Back. You'll no longer be able to see your shape, but that's okay.

Step 5. Now you'll make a Clipping Mask, which will make your image the size and shape of your shape layer. Do this by clicking Layers>Create Clipping Mask. (This option will not be available unless you have selected your picture layer)



Step 6. All you need to do now is merge the layer into one and you're all set. Click on Layers>Merge Down.

Post your try here and let me know if you have any questions!
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September 3rd, 2006, 09:02 AM
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Umm.... well i am using PS 7.0 (sorry I forgot to mention that) sooooooo maybe there isn't a way to do it in that version? I don't see the option of Clipping mask. Maybe its called something else? Sorry Im such a pain!!!!
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September 3rd, 2006, 09:05 AM
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You're not being a pain. Sorry, I assumed you were using CS2. There is another way without using the clipping mask tool. I'll work on screen shots for that and post it in a bit.
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September 3rd, 2006, 09:10 AM
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THanks Rachel you are awesome!!!!
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September 3rd, 2006, 09:21 AM
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Does version 7 have the custom shape tool?

If it does, you can do steps 1 through 3 above. Once you've done all of that, you can do these steps.

Select the shape layer and then select your Magic Wand Tool.



Use the tool and click anywhere OUTSIDE of your shape. You'll notice the dancing ants around your shape and on the outside of your picture. While you still see the dancing ants, go to your layer palette and select your picture layer then click your delete key.

You'll then only be able to see your shape, which is okay. Now just do step 4 above (moving your shape layer to the bottom) and step 6 and you'll end up with the same result.

Let me know if I'm not being clear.
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September 3rd, 2006, 10:12 AM
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For some reason, when I use the magic wand, it doesn't select the outside of the shape.... it selects the whold picture. and yes, there is a custom shape tool, and I am using the heart. Grrrr... what am i doing wrong?
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September 3rd, 2006, 10:43 AM
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Did you make sure you had the shape layer selected when clicked with the Magic Wand?
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September 3rd, 2006, 11:13 AM
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Yep... I have the shape layer selected.....

Never Mind!!!!!!!!!!!!! Figured it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!

Ok, one last question, I promise. Do you have instructions anywhere for Photoshop 7.0 on how to cut out letters in pics? Thanks so much for your help!!!!!
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September 3rd, 2006, 11:59 AM
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My finished product:

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September 3rd, 2006, 12:25 PM
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Excellent Job!!

To do the pictures in letters, it's pretty much the same way. You use the wand tool to select outside the letters the click on the picture layer and hit delete. Then move your text layer to the bottom.
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here's one I made!

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September 5th, 2006, 05:42 AM
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Nicely done Meighan!
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This is what I did..............

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Im having a problem with it. I'm using PS 7.o and i make sure i have the shape layer selected and go to the majic wand and it give me a circle with a line through it and when i click it says it can not use the magic wand because its a fill layer. What am i doing wrong?
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November 5th, 2006, 08:20 PM
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Is there a tutorial for this in PSP 8? I'd like to try it out also!
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November 6th, 2006, 04:26 AM
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Hi i'm using artweaver and I managed to do the photoshop lesson 1 on there so it must be more or less the same, but I can't seem to find a free hand shape tool on there, could it be called something else?
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November 6th, 2006, 05:41 AM
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I don't know anything about artweave, unfortunately. Does it have a help area, where you could search for a topic about shapes?

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I'll have to work on that sometime this week Lisa. I'll try to get to it on Tuesday.
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November 6th, 2006, 07:41 AM
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Im having a problem with it. I'm using PS 7.o and i make sure i have the shape layer selected and go to the majic wand and it give me a circle with a line through it and when i click it says it can not use the magic wand because its a fill layer. What am i doing wrong?[/b]
Are you making a new layer on top of your picture layer? Make sure you have selected the new layer once you make it.
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ya i am, i have the new layer selected and i have it moved under the photo and it didnt work so i tried to move it above the photo and it didn't work either
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