Have you ever struggled with getting a mask the right size for your photo or your photo for the mask. Specially with swirly bits on the mask it’s sometimes difficult to get it right as you don’t want to change the proportions too much. I learned this trick from Catherine , a fabulous designer and photographer. I experimented some more with it with another tool.
1. put your mask on the layout
2. put your photo above it, as you can see you have some black bits sticking out on the sides
3. clip your photo to the mask – ctr.G in photoshop and oops of course still sticking out, not nice
4. make a new layer above your photo layer and clip it to your photo.
Now you can pick a colour from your photo with the colour picker and take a soft brush with a lowered opacity. Slowly paint the black bits in the colour you want whilst on the new layer.On part of my example I have used the clone stamp tool – so I could match the green pattern of the waterplants. For this you need to switch to the layer of the original photo ,take a sample ( alt click with mouse) with the clone stamp , switch back to the new layer above the photo and stamp where you need it.
By doing it this way you do not need to alter the mask at all.
For this example I have used Splat Masks by Ashalee Wall
Some more examples of masks with little swirly bits available at the Oscraps shop are
Be Yourself Masks by Charlize
Clock Mask it by Dido Designs
Mask It Butterfly by Dido Designs
Artsy Layered Template nr. 13 by Anna Aspnes
Hipster Plume Clipping Masks No. 1 by Anna Aspnes
No doubt you can find many more in your stash and if not .. go and invest in some , they are well worth stocking up on.