Masterly Brushes (1) Modify Clipping Masks

(19 customer reviews)


Learn ALL the ways to Modify Clipping Masks using ArtPlay Brushes to improve your photo blending.


Session 1 of Part 3 in the Masterly Brushes series.

Use and Modify Clipping Masks with ArtPlay Brushes


Video 1: Introduction (26 mins)

What a Clipping mask is and how to use one to effectively blend your photos.

You will learn:

Video 2: Extend Masks (28 mins)

Change the size, the shape and density of a clipping mask to better enhance your photos.

You will learn:

  • Best practices for RESIZING Clipping Masks.
  • 4 Ways to increase the SIZE or change the SHAPE of Clipping Masks.
  • Reveal more detail in your blended photos.
  • Mix and Match techniques to maximize the advantages of each method.

Video 3: Reduce Masks (16 mins)

Customize your masks in terms of size, shape, embellishment and texture.

You will learn:

  • 3 Reasons you might need to reduce the SIZE of Clipping Masks.
  • Pros/Cons of the Eraser Tool verses Layer Mask and Brushes technique.
  • Modifications to Brushes to refine their effect on your Clipping Masks.
  • Limitations of using Layer Mask and Brushes technique with Clipping Masks.

Video 4: FotoBlendz Layer Mask (6 mins)

Transfer any clipping mask selection to a Layer Mask.

You will learn:

  • The most dynamic way to apply clipping masks to your images.
  • Customize the Clipping Masks with Brushes.
  • Why you should know ALL these techniques.

Video 5: Extend Photo (21 mins)

Apply a variety of solutions to resolve those hard photo edges in Clipping Set scenarios.

You will learn:

Video 6: Creative Team Layouts (23 mins)

A variety of layout examples demonstrating the techniques in this course.

  • 7 layouts + Commentary
  • Layout Deconstruct by Anna Aspnes

What to Expect

  • 6 X Videos delivered in .MP4 format – View on your computer or load into iTunes for Smart Devices.
  • Comprehensive Written Course Content in .pdf format.
  • Demonstrations are in Photoshop CC but verbal and written guidance is provided for Photoshop Elements.
  • Complementary DigitalART to recreate the class project

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is Masterly Brushes #3? I’m really confused by all the names.

Masterly Brushes is MASSIVE series which I am slowly working my way through- You can find all classes in this series here.

Part 1 –  FREE Basic Brushes Guidance

Part 2 – Design Principles + Design with Brushes (2 sessions available as a Bundle and individually.)

Part 3 – All the different ways you can Apply ArtPlay Brushes.

  • There are 11 sessions in this part of the course.
  • I am breaking them up into separate classes as there is SO much information to share.

Session 1 is Modify Clipping Masks.

Session 2 Create Custom Masks is COMING NEXT.

When I have completed all 11 sessions, I will move to parts 4, 5 and 6.

2. Will Session #1 Modify Clipping Masks answer all the problems I have using FotoBlendz to blend my photos?

YES! I do hope so (and if not – I hope you will email me!) I want you to be super-happy with this class.

A variety of solutions are provided for:

  • Making a FotoBlendz larger or smaller.
  • Customizing a mask with ArtPlay Brushes.
  • Changing the shape of a FotoBlendz
  • Adjusting the orientation of a FotoBlendz.
  • Bringing back details in your images when blended.
  • Using Layer Mask and Brushes functionality.
  • Adding texture to your blended photos.
  • Converting a FotoBlendz to a Layer Mask.
  • Incoporating other DigitalART elements
  • Adjusting Blending Modes and Opacity.
  • Eliminating hard edges of photos that don’t fully extend over the edges of a mask.

3. Is Msterly Brushes a repeat of dvanced Brushes?

Msterly Brushes is very different from dvanced Brushes for Photoshop and Element s.

  • dvanced Brushes is a program-based course, showing you how to use the Tools in Photoshop/Elements.
  • Msterly Brushes has more of a product and design approach with a primary focus on the Types of brushes offered by Anna Aspnes, as well as How/When to best use them to and solve common photo artistry frustrations and design dilemmas.

4. Will I be able to follow this class if I have not taken the previous classes in the series?

YES! You will need to have a basic knowledge of Brushes which is covered in the Part 1 Free Brushes class.

Part 2 focus on Designing with Brushes, and while not required, will deepen your understanding and provide more information, on how to select a brush based on Element Properties and use them according to accepted Design Principles.

5. Does the class work in Elements?

The class is conducted in Photoshop but written and verbal guidance is provided for Elements users.

6. When does the class start?

This is a self-paced class and so all materials are available for download, immediately on registration.

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19 reviews for Masterly Brushes (1) Modify Clipping Masks

  1. Trish Hoskin (verified owner)

    Never fail to learn lots of little tips and tricks when I take an Anna Class. This Masterly Brushes #3 is no exception. Easy to follow and packed with great ideas.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Thanks so much Trish. Thrilled you enjoyed the class.

  2. soltisdiane (verified owner)

    I learned so much from this class. I couldn’t wait to get started using my new knowledge. Great class. Thank you, Anna.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Makes me so happy Diane. Thanks for sharing your experience with the class.

  3. Marilyn Charlesworth (verified owner)

    As always, nuggets and gems and great ideas presented clearly and with great designer team examples.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Marilyn! Thank you SO much for the feedback 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.

  4. Maureen Fitzgerald (verified owner)

    As always lots of new techniques and tips in Anna’s latest class. Masterly Brushes 3 does not disappoint and is packed with great information. The included kit make’s it easy to work along with Anna through each of the video demonstrations. Another excellent class, which I highly recommend taking.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Thank you so much Maureen – Really warms my heart to know this.

  5. Barbara Nixon (verified owner)

    I binged on this class. I then went back and opened PS on another screen and did my own layout, following everyone of her ideas. Worked perfect because I was doing it, not just listening. Could work at my own pace. Finally, a few things sunk in and make sense now. Hopefully I will remember them, but if I don’t, I’ll just go back and review. Thanks Anna!

    • Anna Aspnes

      Hi Barbara, thank you so much for sharing your personal process to viewing and learning the material – This is exactly the approach I suggest 1) Watch the videos 2) Repeat the videos, this time practicing the techniques and pausing as you go! Repetition deepens the impression and I’m a huge fan 🙂 Thank you for the kind words.

  6. Ellen Colville (verified owner)

    So far this is my favourite one in the Brushes serie. The bitesize parts of it are easier to take in. It shows you the enormous versatility of the brushes so well. Because Anna shows a lot of their uses in a visual way ( on her Photoshop layout direct )with the enclosed ArtPlayPalette and Brushset you can see the effect straight away . This make it easier to absorb the information. A highly recommended course.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Awesome! This is a FOCUS session provided more depth and detail for those who took Part 2 and want more! Awesome feedback. My intuition has been saying this is the way to go with my classes and happy you feel the same way. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about the class.

  7. Michelle James (verified owner)

    Another great class Anna. I loved the coverage of all of the clipping masks techniques, in a measured speed. Very easy to follow. I paused the video from time to time to try the techniques out – wow! A great addition to previous classes I’ve taken here.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Love that you loved it Michelle. Thank you for taking the time.

  8. Jeanne Hoadley (verified owner)

    Anna has gone into great detail in explaining many techniques and options for working with clipping masks. Though I’ve been taking classes from Anna for several years now I never fail to learn something new. As a photographer I especially liked the extend photos sections as I’ve been plagued with dealing with hard edges without losing the integrity of my photo. Lots of new ideas to experiment with now.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Awesome. Yes to extending those photo edges and keeping your image front, line and center 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jeanne – Please let me know how it goes.

  9. Sandy Paulsen (verified owner)

    Although I know my way around Photoshop this Class took what I knew and helped me put it together to create Artistry. Easy to follow even with limited knowledge in PS as everything is so well explained. Loved the breakdown of the samples in the last video. With the free DigitalArt pack PLUS $20.00 voucher you are always a winner. Thank you Anna xxx

    • Anna Aspnes

      Thank you so much for the glowing review – Your experience is EXACTLY what I hoped for 🙂

  10. Janet Niles (verified owner)

    Anna, I love all of your classes and I have signed up for almost all of them. I am always looking for either new ideas or new techniques to improve my artistry. This class ( Masterly 3) has really improved my use of clipping masks especially how to modify the mask to fit my need.
    I find your classes very integrated, always reinforcing past design elements. I just finished this years pages of my time in Mazatlán. I wanted to be able to look back at my scrapping to check out how my friends and myself have changed over the years and also to see how my scrapping has grown. Thanks to you, I’m happy with the growth shown.
    I always figure if I get one or two new ideas in a class it has been a success. And also the reminder of things forgotten. Keep the classes coming.
    Janet Niles

    • Anna Aspnes

      Thanks so much for your support of all I do around here – Love that you LOVED the class 🙂

  11. Carol Abel (verified owner)

    Anna opened my eyes to the potential of clipping masks. I had long wondered how they could be modified to suit what I wanted to do with them and in this course Anna explains very clearly just how to achieve that. The course is well structured and easy to follow. She explains what you can and can’t do and, equally importantly, why. If you are interested in taking your brush and mask work to another level, this is the course for you.

    • Anna Aspnes (verified owner)

      So happy this helped you Carol – It’s the VERY reason I teach 🙂 Appreciate the feedback very much.

  12. Ursula Gantner (verified owner)

    I have a lot of Anna’s products and never knew what to do with the brushes. As my native language is German, I always looked at all the classes but had some doubts about whether I can understand the necessary. Finally, I made the step and asked Anna what she thinks to start with Masterly Brushes #3. I followed the free class already. Anna recommended starting with Design Principles and Design with Brushes and then the Masterly Brushes #3, what I did and I really am happy that I had to courage to do it. I learned a lot of new tricks using masks and brushes. Even I did not always understand the spoken dialogue, I had no problems to follow and understand all the steps in the video. These are my first classes, but not the last ones.

    • Anna Aspnes (verified owner)

      Wunderbar Ursula! Danke schoen 🙂

  13. Cecile Stjohn (verified owner)

    I purchased the ‘Mastering ArtPlay Palette Brushes #3’ class because I was awed by the scrapbook pages created by others using your templates in a (modified format) and wanted to learn how to modify masks.

    I’m not into creating artsy pages, but I do want to produce pages with beautiful masks for photos. Your masks, especially the watercolor ones, seem to do that.

    Your class on how to modify masks, with your slow, detailed instructions and examples provide the best training for what I want to accomplish.

    Having completed my first pass through of the entire class, I am now ready go through the training again, very slowly, while practicing the various techniques. The .pdf instructions will be invaluable while I experiment, make mistakes, and must repeat.

    In the meantime, I must look for the names of the templates used on the layouts I love and start collecting them, so I’ll be ready to create my own pages when I complete my hands-on learning .

    Thank you so much for providing your brush and mask expertise.

    Cecile L. StJohn

    • Anna Aspnes (verified owner)

      Love your approach which is exactly as intended – Repetition deepens the impression and practice makes the magic happen. Please reach out if you need any assistance with finding specific products.

  14. Terri Fullerton (verified owner)

    I just finished this class. It took me some time because there are so many wonderful techniques!! Great explanation of how to use the clipping masks in a multitude of ways via video and via written material. The use of multiple example throughout the class is so helpful for this visual learner. Also, when trying to duplicate the techniques the written material is very helpful to remind me of the different ideas or possibilities. Working with the products provided is an excellent way to follow along and reinforce the techniques in this “old” brain. This is now my new favorite class of all time. I am always trying to get clipping masks to do what I want them to do. My techniques had been hit and miss at best. The examples of why you might use one technique over another in certain cases is extremely helpful. Thanks so much Anna for sharing your expertise and talent!!

    • Anna Aspnes (verified owner)

      Hi Terri – Thank you so much for the kind feedback on the course. I’m so GLAD it helped you 🙂

  15. Lee-Ann Williams (verified owner)

    My first class ! What a blast I had so much fun and it was so easy to follow! Thank you so much Anna.

    • Anna Aspnes (verified owner)

      Oh! I love hearing this. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  16. Margot Ashley (verified owner)

    Incredible class, love the way Anna explains things. The fact that she is so artistic and photoshop savvy really elevates the class.

    • Anna Aspnes (verified owner)

      Wonderful news! And thank you for the kind words. I continue to hone both my teach and artistry skills so that I can best serve you. Very much appreciate your time in sharing your thoughts.

  17. Adriene van Dongen (verified owner)

    I learned so much my head is spinning. I will definitely watch this series again. Thank you so much for creating this serie. I am looking forward to the next part: create custom masks

    • Anna Aspnes (verified owner)

      Thank you so much will be starting next week hopefully 🙂

  18. Ulla-May Berndtsson (verified owner)

    I have participated in almost all of Anna’s classes and have never been disappointed. She has the ability to pedagogically teach her skills in Photoshop, to both beginners and more experienced at the same time. Her classes are always filled with educational content from beginning to end. My native language is Swedish but I have never had trouble following Anna’s teaching in English. Although I have been scrapping for many years, there is always new to learn and I look forward to more classes in the future. Thank you Anna, for sharing your never-ending knowledge.

    • Anna Aspnes (verified owner)

      Thank you for the kind words – So happy you were able to understand and enjoy 🙂

  19. Geoffrey Mawson

    First introduction to aA Designs. Much different to my usual style. Good choice, Masterley Brushes Series 3 (1)Modify Clipping Masks. Course was intuitive, exactly as described. Looking forward to follow through with other tutorials

    • Anna Aspnes (verified owner)

      Yes! So happy to hear this Geoff – Thank you for taking the time 🙂

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