We all begin at square one at some point. If you are super new to using Photoshop and playing around with some of our awesome templates…then this post is for YOU!

Basic. Basic. Basic.

Step 1:

Open your Photoshop program and open your template file of choice.

Step 2: Within the Layers column on the right side of your screen, select the Clipping Mask that you would like to insert your picture into first.

Step 3: After the correct Clipping Mask has been selected and highlighted, use the “restore down” icon at the top right-hand corner of the screen to shrink the size of your window.

Step 4:

After your window is smaller, go to the location of your photo of choice (example: Downloads, Pictures files folder etc.) then click and drag the photo of choice onto the Photoshop window and release. It does not matter where on the PS screen that your drop as long it is on the workspace.

Step 5: After photo has loaded and  you can see the image, simple click the check mark icon at the top of the tool bar to finish the setting of the photo.

Step 6: Using the “move” tool, select the photo and drag it to the clipping mask that you have previously selected and position it accordingly.

Step 7: Using the Layers panel again, make sure that the photo you are working with is selected. Hover over the layer name of the photo and right click. Within the options that appear, select “Create Clipping Mask.” This will cut the photo to fit within the clipping mask and hide the overlapping sides.

Step 8: Lastly, if necessary, use the corners of the photo to resize to desired fit, and use move tool to reposition again, until fit is perfect 🙂

*If for whatever reason, you want to change the location or undo this, simple right click the photo layer on the right Layer column again, and select “Release Clipping Mask” and your photo will appear as it did originally.

If any of this seems daunting, fear not. These are 8 simple steps that will become second nature after just a few picture placements and you will be a Clipping Mask pro 🙂 Good luck and remember….everything gets easier with time!