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Creating Custom Book Pages in Photoshop
Using a Custom Size Clipping Mask
(2/16/2008)  

Here's the page 40-41 spread from our Africa book open in Photoshop ...

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Layer Pallet detail:

Layer Pallet

If I release the clipping mask ...

Layer Pallet

You see that the image of the African Penguin is actually larger ...

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And if we put a Transform box around it you can see the corners of the smart object:

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Before I show you how easy it is to position the image, let's turn off most of the layers:

Layer Pallet

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You see that there is more to the images on lower layers than we want to appear on the page, but since they will be covered by another image we can ignore this problem. Next I'll turn on the clipping layer itself. It's just a black rectangle I created on an empty layer by selecting an area and filling it with black using the paint bucket. You'll note that I copied the dropped shadow effect to clipping mask (not the image which is clipped). Effects can be copied from one layer to another by holding Alt/Option down and dragging the "fx" from another layer (if you don't hold down Alt/Option it will move the effects instead of copying them).

Layer Pallet

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If we turn all the layers back on, attach the clipping mask to the penguin image, and make sure the layer with the penguin is selected, then if we type Ctrl/Command T (transform) we can move the penguin around on the page just by dragging him around.

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Remember, if you don't see the X through the image when you turn on transform the image is no longer a smart object and you're not going to have the ability to move it around later because part of the image will be cut off when you apply the transform. I liked him better further down, so he wasn't right in the center and we could see more of his footprints:

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Hope you learned at least something.

-Wren

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