Clip Image to Shape & Use as Template
I'm told we have a question, let's take a look. It says, "Can you clip to shapes and use them as templates?" Yes, I think I know what you mean. So, like a photo, perhaps? That's a really great question. Let me show you an example of that. Let's get back to our really beautiful illustration that I put together for you today. I'm gonna hide all these layers. We'll just get rid of all of those. We can start from scratch here. If I can get my computer to cooperate. Okay, and we'll drag this back to 100%. So I'm thinking that you might be thinking about maybe even putting an image on like a frame or in a frame. So let me show you because that's a great example. I'm gonna go back to the shape tool. We'll pick up a shape. Maybe you're thinking of something like one of these. Let's, let's do, like, this one. So if we look up here there's all these, I think they call these Frames. Let's see, if you click this dropdown I think those are, well these are the actual frames. What do they call those?
Shapes? No, I don't know what they call them. Crop Shapes. Yeah. So they call these Crop Shapes. And you can use them like the name implies, to crop, just like we did with the glasses, you would use it the same way using the crop tool and the option for the cookie cutter. Or, what I end up doing, because I think it gives you a little more flexibility is, I do it this way using a clipping group. So I'm gonna pick a shape like this one. I'm just gonna double-click to get it. And I'll click and draw out the shape. Something like that, and it doesn't matter what color it's filled with because I'm gonna replace it all with a photo. So, let's just put the cat in there because that's what we have. And we can either bring him over without his beautiful additions. We'll turn those off, we'll just grab him by himself. So I'll grab the background, grab the move tool. And then I'm just gonna click and drag him over into this image. I'm gonna shift, drop so he lands not in outer space. And he's huge and I need to size him down. But before we do that, let's just see how this is gonna look. We see that that shape layer is right here, Shape 3, and then on top of it is the cat. And I'm gonna clip the cat so he only shows up in the shape layer by doing the same thing. Hold down alt or option between those two layers. And now the cat appears only within the layer. And I can move him around within that layer. And I can also, of course, transform him with cmd or ctrl, plus T. Now because we're so zoomed in and the cat is so big I don't see the handles anywhere on the screen. But if I press cmd or ctrl, 0; then it'll scoot out, wow that's really big. It'll scoot backwards and I can see that the handles are way up here. So I'm gonna scale that down so he fits a little, he fits a little better in there. Aww, so cute. So maybe I should have left the shapes on him, because that was kind of funny. (laughs) So that's an instant way to create a little work of art that you could frame, get that printed and framed. And what's nice is you can adjust these things independently. So what I like about doing it this way where I can draw the shape and then clip the photo to the shape, I like doing it that way instead of just cutting the cat into the shape with that cookie cutter because I can edit this now. So after the fact, I can say oh, maybe I should have moved the cat a little bit up or down. So in the layers panel if I want to move the cat I just make sure the cat layer is active and I just use my move tool and I can move him within the shape or I could select the shape. Like now when I look at it I feel like it's a little bit too high within the document. So I would move the shape down a little bit. And I can either use the move tool or for making smaller movements I can also just use the arrow keys on my keyboard. So you get a lot more flexibility out of it that way. But ultimately no matter which way you did it the end result would be the same. But if you are like me, you change your mind a lot when you're working. And I think it's also important to remember that this is a process of experimenting. So when you're creating things, whether it's a silly illustration with mountains and a stream and a little cloud, or a silly little cat picture, you don't know what shape is gonna work best, or what brush is gonna work best, or what texture is gonna look good, or even the color. So you have to be gentle with yourself and be patient and remember that it takes time and leave yourself time to experiment and don't feel bad that it's a process that you have to go through. Because that's how we all do it.