I love to use layer masks and can’t do without them anymore! But did you know that besides brushes, you can also use an overlay to change your layer mask?
Let me show you!
I made this layout with the fun kit Explore Everyday by Boutique Cute Doll:
I made it for one of the July challenges and we had to work with this wonderful quote. So I typed the quote on my layout, but I didn’t really liked the look of it. It was a bit to clean.
Here comes the fun part! Vicki Robinson has some amazing overlay sets in her shop. I used her set Art Paper Overlays 5. I chose one of the lighter ones from this set, because like you might already know, black will be invisible and white will be visible when you use a layer mask. I dragged the overlay into Photoshop. Now in the layer palette you see Background. You have to double click on the text so it changes to Layer 0, otherwise you can’t do the next step.
Now press the Control button and left click on the miniature in the layer palette so it will make a selection around the overlay. You can see the marching ants on the overlay itself now. Then press Control + C to copy the selection.
Next step is to go back to your layout and give the text layer a layer mask by clicking on the layer mask button. Then press the Alt button and left click on the mask in the layer palette. You will see the mask in your layout now, just like on the image above.
Then press Control + V to paste the overlay into the layer mask. You can also move it a bit to see what part will be best on the place you need it.
When you click on the T-miniature in the layer palette your layout will be visible again, with the grungy text! You only have to press Control + D to deselect and you are done.
Here’s the before/after image:
I really hope you are going to try this, because it can give your layout a more realistic look.