Simple clipping mask and storyboard tutorial

If you’d like to make your own storyboard or collage, or if you’d simply like to place your photos in a template that somebody else made for you, you need to know about clipping masks.  Clipping masks are the way to fit a photo to a specific shape in a...

Making a before-and-after

Lately a whole bunch of people have asked me how I prepare my side-by-side before-and-after comparisons, such as the ones I post on my Facebook page.  Eg: etc.  It’s really easy, so here it is. There are two stages to the process – firstly, getting the...

Tutorial: Shapes

How to make the ubiquitous rectangle-with-two-square-corners-and-two-rounded-corners shape. I’ve created this tutorial in Elements 9, and it’s relevant to all versions of Elements and Photoshop as far back as I can remember. I begin with a blank file: This...

Interesting way to show text on a photo

I saw this question on a forum, and in an effort not to do any work this afternoon, I thought it would be fun to write about it. A photo covered with a coloured panel, but with the photo showing through the text, like this: It’s really easy, and a lot of fun if...