Creating a Clipping Mask in ACDSee Photo Editor 2008

Creating a Clipping Mask in ACDSee Photo Editor 2008
adapted from Creating a Clipping Mask by Ona Boorman

A couple of days ago, I spent a few hours with Photo Editor, trying to make a clipping mask like Ona had done in PSE. After a lot of different attempts, I think I figured out that you can’t. You can Combine| Punch a Vector Shape or Text with an image, but you can’t do it with two images or with an image on top of a vector shape, which is how Ona made her mask.

But I am not one to give up easily. While I can’t make a mask in the same manner, I can make a mask using Photo Editor tools, such as Shapes and Text. So here we go!

Step One: Create a new page (Crtl-N) with a transparent background. I am using the scrapbook settings of 12×12, 300 dpi.

Step  Two:  Draw a rectangle shape with the Shape tool.  The default fill color will be black, but if you want to change it to a medium grey shade as suggested in original tutorial, click on the top rectangle next to “Colors” on the tool bar. This brings up the color selection box. Select the hade of grey you want, then click ok.

Step Three: Add Text. Select the Text tool,  choose a font, and type on the rectangle. You can then use you Navigation Tool to position it and/or resize it on the rectangle. Select both Object Layers, then go to Object |Combine| Punch. Then Object| Convert to Image (Render). If this is all you want to do, you can save the file as a png and use it with the Trim to Shape tool, with an image file.

Step Four: Lets add some details. Select a png file. I am using a Floral piece from Floral Brushes by Carla Gibson. Open the png file, and while it is selected, click on Object| Create Brush.

Step Five. Switch to the Eraser tool. Go to Saved Brushes, an click on the brush you just made. Place that brush over the Rectangle and stamp the brush to erase part of the mask. It might be hard to place the Eraser exactly where you want it, but don’t hesitate to Undo (Ctrl-Z) and try again.

Once your png is created as a Brush, you can’t change the size or orientation. If you want to use the same image but in a different size, open the png back up again, change it the way you want, then go back to Object| Create Brush.

Save it as a png and now we can use it as a mask on a photo.

Step Six: Open a photo and drag it beneath your mask. Select both layers, then Click Trim To Shape. Save again as a png.

And the finished Layout:

Kit is Isnt she lovely by ZuzanaH and Cucciola Designs at Oscraps.

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