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Using Masks With Textures As Design Elements

Here is an alternate design from the previous post, this time using textures with the masks.

Photo Masks design by Leslie Nicole

Previous Post Design

Using Masks With Textures

In the quick design below, I’ve used 3 masks. One for the large background textured block, one for the textured block behind the photo, and one for the photo. Whereas in the previous design I used the masks as blended, toned, overlays— this time I used them with textures.

Steam punk design

As I was playing around with an alternate design from the previous post, I tried out the overlay from the Geometrie 1912 brushes and immediately thought of a Steam Punk inspired design. As I don’t have any steam punk images, I purchased the usage (for this demo) of this dashing steam punk model from iStock Photo by artist contributor: fmbackX.

The Layers

Here’s a peek at the layers for this design. Descriptions are from the bottom up. (bullet #1 is the bottom layer.)

  1. Background Texture: Bibliotheque from Les Textures 1 collection.
  2. The large, textured background block mask is from the Brayered Blocks collection. Blend Mode: normal, Opacity: 100%.
  3. Texture clipped to the background mask: Anjou from Les Textures 1 collection. Blend Mode: normal, Opacity: 100%.
  4. Vintage French Geometry Overlay: Geometrie 1912 Photoshop brushes (overlay bonus) Blend Mode: Multiply, Opacity: 100%.
  5. Solid Color Adjustment Layer applied as a clipping mask to change the overlay color. (See this tut for changing overlay colors with clipping masks.)
  6. Embellished Brayer Block Mask: free (for a limited time) photo mask . Blend Mode: normal, Opacity: 100%.
  7. Texture clipped to the mask behind the photo: Bibliotheque from Les Textures 1 collection. Blend Mode: normal, Opacity: 100%.
  8. Levels adjustment layer applied as a clipping mask to lighten the texture.
  9. Hue/Saturation adjustment layer for overall desaturation of the background layers.
  10. Levels adjustment layer for overall lightening of the background layers.
  11. Photo mask from the Brayered Blocks collection for the photograph. I resized the mask to be narrower. I also used a dry brush stroke in the layer mask to change the mask slightly in the left side.
  12. Photo: steam punk model from iStock Photo by artist contributor: fmbackX.

Layer Panel steam punk design

Shop:

Brayered Blocks digital photo masks
1912 French Geometrie Brush Stamps
Les Textures 1 fine art and grunge texture collection.

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One Response to Using Masks With Textures As Design Elements

  1. Sara Waldburg March 4, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Hi Leslie,
    Is there a tutorial that would help me with resizing the Textures to match an image before the blending process begins? For example, I have difficulty with matching a landscape to a portrait view or with a high res Texture with a low res image. Also, I would like to know how to use (1) part of a texture and (2) the whole of a texture.
    Really love your website and your designs. Many thanks, Sara Waldburg

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