Tips & Techniques - Placing a photo within a framed area

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Have you ever had an odd shaped frame you wanted to fit your photo within or an overlay frame and not quite sure what might be the best method?  I was asked by a "newbie" to digital scrapbooking on how to do this last week and used her question to create a new mini tutorial for Digitals Newsletter this week.

One method I did not discuss was simply erasing all the outside parts of the photo you don't want to show.  But this is what I call destructive as if you change your mind about it's placement within your frame, you have to do from scratch again.  My first choice method will always be to create a clipping mask as I show how in Method #1 in this mini tutorial.  But as with many things in photoshop, there are many different ways to come out with the same results.  I used to use Method #2 for years in photoshop and non-photoshop graphic programs.  Each has it's own purpose, but in learning each, you will think of other ways to use these skills.

Here's a preview of the PDF page 1.  View and download the whole mini tutorial here.

Off to work now I go.  Finishing up a quick page album with my CT for December's Free with Purchase gift.

And I have some exciting things to share starting this Saturday as I am the new Featured Designer at Digitals and will have free daily downloads over the following 15 days so that at the end, you get the entire kit!  So be sure and check back Saturday and each day in the shop for your free daily download!
Want a peek?  Sure you do! lol It was created from a personal Art Journal Project and it's still going, so I'm sure there will be add-ons to this kit. :)

I also re-released an updated version of my Days of December Kit and that is now in the shop at a discount of what the original mini kits sold for.  I plan on having the 22 page Album PSD templates up also this week if you didn't get it previously.  These are perfect for your December Daily albums.
Till next time,


  1. Maria's Craft said...:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [17 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  1. john said...:

    Thanks a bunch. This is a great tutorial.

  1. Cilenia said...:

    You are very welcome John! Glad you enjoyed!

  1. CBH said...:

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 8 post on Nov. 17, 2011. Thanks again.

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