How To Use Layers & Masks in Photoshop For Interesting Social Media Images | Mike Pickett | Skillshare

Playback Speed

  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x

How To Use Layers & Masks in Photoshop For Interesting Social Media Images

teacher avatar Mike Pickett, Graphic & Web Designer with a passion for Vectors

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Course Introduction

    • 2. Choosing An Image

    • 3. Social Media Usage

    • 4. Placing Your Text & Shapes

    • 5. Masking Your Layers

    • 6. Adobe CC Update New Mask Technique

    • 7. Closing Comments & Review

  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





About This Class

In this course you will learn how to utilize Layers and Masks in Photoshop to create these incredible looking masked text images that can be used for your social media feed, desktop wallpaper and more. 

You will learn through step by step instructions how to create these awesome looking images and I'll also provide you with a few resources for finding images you can utilize and alter for both personal and commercial projects. 

You'll also be provided one of the best resources to make sure your images are the right size for social media. 

I'll also cover an additional method for making these images if you have the latest version of Adobe CC, this is just a bonus!

Just a quick recap: an awesome project, 4 image resources, social media image size tips and a new method in Adobe Photoshop CC for masking!

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Mike Pickett

Graphic & Web Designer with a passion for Vectors


As graphic and web designer with over 20 years experience, I am passionate about everything design related and hope to pass some of my skills on to a new generation of designers.

I designed my first logo at the age of 19 and first website at the age of 20. Now 41 - I work on multiple platforms including Skillshare, YouTube and Creative Market - producing art, tutorials and other forms of media based around the graphic and web design fields.

I hope you find my classes informative and entertaining. Above all else I want you take something from each class and find a way to either incorporate it into your workflow to save time or alter it and make it your own - either way as long as you learned something I have achieved what I set out to accomplish with each class I create - t... See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • 0%
  • Yes
  • 0%
  • Somewhat
  • 0%
  • Not really
  • 0%
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.


1. Course Introduction: welcome to the sculpture class, creating trendy images using layers of masks. My name's Mike ticket. I'll be your instructor for this course. I have over 20 years experience in the graphic design Web design industry. It's got a little bit of knowledge on these tools that we're using. Now I'm gonna show you a couple of different methods for creating these images, one that's a little bit older. So if you've got an older version of photo shop, you'll be able to follow along with that. If you're running some of the newer versions photo shop, including the CC or Creative Cloud versions, there's a new tool they introduce, and I'll touch on that as well. I'm not only going to show you the tools and how to make these images, but also give you some resources of where you can find your own stop imagery to use both personally and commercially. So you like what you see. If you like what you're hearing and you want to learn this technique, go ahead. Click on that enroll button now, and I'll see in the next video 2. Choosing An Image: so to get started. Image selection is one of the most important aspects of a project like this. We want something that's gonna give the ability for us to create different layers so that we can have depth inside of the image in order to do that. So the better images that you can use are going to be the landscape initially of four different resources where you can find Creative Commons or Creative Commons zero. Which means that you don't have to do any attribution and you can modify, download, use them for anything you like. It's creative Commons zero. So the first thing we're looking at here is picks, obey and picks. Obey is a creative commons. Zero websites With this one. You can even use these for commercial applications. You see right here free images and videos you use anywhere. All images and videos and pics. Debate are released free of copyright under Creative Commons zero. You may download modified distribute and use them royalty free range you like even commercial applications. Adulation is not required. You want to know more about this? Go ahead, click on the link for learn more the next we're gonna look at is pixels and pecks. ALS is similar to picks. Obey in that again. This one is Creative Commons zero. So the pictures of free for personal use, even commercial use You can modify, copy and distribute and all without asking permission or setting light source. So attribution is not required. So again we can click the browse. This is gonna take us to everything. What? Our next one is unspool ash. A lot of you have probably already heard of unspool ash. Great site. Have been around for a while now free. Do whatever you want once again. Creative Commons zero. You don't have to worry about anything in here. You can modify whatever you want to do. These guys have some really great high quality images on you have the ability to download. I mean, this one might be really cool where we could, you know, Lincoln Internet, the bridge, or even have, like a swooping line become down underneath and get hit by the bridge. Last one's a little bit different and death to stock photo. With this one, you can actually sign up and they will email you once a month. The different links of the other new images that have been uploaded to the site. Okay, so now you've seen those pick a site, take some time, go through, pick up the image that you want to work with again. Landscape in were just something like What you see here will work best. But you don't necessarily have to use a landscape. You can use something really anything. I mean, you can use a building architectures really good for this. You could use a person I would recommend if you're gonna use a person and you're actually using this for any commercial purpose, don't use a person's face. Make sure you've got kind of the back of them looking out at something In that way, you can use it to kind of wrap around, find an image, and I'll see you back here for the next video. 3. Social Media Usage: Okay, So I went ahead and I found an image that I like that I want to use. We should also it, by this point, have a phrase in mind or some kind of a saying or a word that you want to use. I've come up with, take a moment to relax. Chances are you're gonna be using this image somewhere other than just saving on your computer. You could, by all means do this up and put it as a desktop or a wallpaper for your computer. Most of you're probably gonna want to use this for social media. So when we start looking at social media is one thing that you're gonna want to do. And that's to make sure you're creating something that you're going to be able to use on social media. So a quick Google search will actually bring up social media image sizes, and there's a whole bunch of different ones out here. There's one here by make a website Hub 2016 social media image, sex cheat sheet. There's one here by hub spot, the ultimate cheat cheat a photo and image sizes on Facebook. Another one here, my sprout social always up to date social media image sizes. This is the one that I've used once in a while. And the thing that I like is that it stays up to date. I mean, this one was brought up to date back in April. You can actually see everything that's here. If we get down, get down here to networks Twitter scroll right down the page. You can see your profile Photo for Twitter. 404 100 displays at two under by 200. Keep scrolling down. There's your header photo 1500 by 1500 it gives you recommendations on each one of these. So if you're looking to create this for a certain social media platform, make sure you come out check here to see what's actually going on. Uh, what size image? I mean, a lot of the stuff that we're gonna do, like shared images on Facebook 1200 by 6 30 So make sure that you're creating a document that size and that bringing your photo or importing your photo into it to get the place right 4. Placing Your Text & Shapes: so again the text that we're gonna use this Take a moment to relax. Let's start out with a couple of shape players. So I'm gonna select my shape tour my rectangle tool. You can do that by other clicking on this icon here or hitting you on your keyboard for this 1st 1 I only want to stroke. I don't actually want to fill on this. So before I start building my shape, I'm gonna go up to the top. I'm gonna click on Phil and click on none. Then I'm gonna change my stroke. Go boat there since a about 10. Let's go. 18. Actually, I want a solid line I don't need to worry about with their hikes and draw it out. So I'm gonna go to my campus, drag this out now, gonna pay attention to how you're doing this. Because again, if I come over here, I've got bits of the tree that are going to get in the way, and those are gonna be difficult to mask around. So if I come back here, I'm gonna go in behind the mountain and in behind this small little background. Now, I could actually come in front of that, which is good. I think that would give it a little more depth, cause you're able to see that at the back. And then this one here, I think I want this down a little bit further. So I grabbed my direct select tool, and I'm just going to click on these two points holding shift down. I just use my arrow keys to get it down a little bit more because I wanted it in between these two hills and in between these two hills. And we're gonna get river in a mask, sort of this section out here so that it comes out now I want this little bit thicker. Let's go up here and let's go say 35. I think that's better. All right, Now, this might be a little tall, but we'll find out once we get the text going on here, because again, I want my text to kind of hiding behind the mountain here a little bit in our top text is gonna be inside of this block. So before we move on, let's go and type some over text Haute. Put that right up here. Basically get it centered Now I like to use the transform tool for this. You don't have to. If you're going to use transform, make sure you remember to hold down the shift key because we don't want to end up with something like this right where it zwart ping the text. It constrains the proportions of this by holding down shift. So again, I wanted to kind of hide him behind this a little bit. I don't want it to be too much, but I'm gonna move it down. I'd like to get it, but we have to move this whole thing over just a little bit. Like to get some of the M starting. I think that'll be good. Let's grab all of this but all down and then I'll transform just the square afterwards. It's again can t You can allow me to transform just that square. Our last word on this one is to relax. I actually keep it in that same font, Morgan. He's styled up afterwards The next will move on to actually getting into the masking and we'll talk about how we're gonna mask each one of these layers and go from there. See what I got a little bit of movement I still want to do is going to get this back down here, so I'll do that in the break and I'll see you guys back here in the next video. 5. Masking Your Layers: Alright, So I've everything all lined here and we're ready to go to start masking everything out. Now I like to start out by locking any layers that I'm not going to be working on. I know I'm starting with the rectangle. So one of the first things that I want to do is knock my opacity down. There's a reason I do that. Let me zoom in. If I just go over here, click on my layer and knocked my opacity down to 30% I can then see through that I'm gonna have the capacity knocked down anyways, in earlier, it's gonna be around 60 or 70%. If I knock it down this low, it gives me the ability to actually see what's going on behind here. So now when I go to my mask layer, Yeah, Then depending on what you're using this form and you can see that I've got a little bit of that dark showing and there's a little section here so I could zoom right in here and play around with my brushes brush sizes and get this so that it runs almost exactly along that line. Do I need to absolutely not. I mean, most the time you're gonna be seeing the image from out here. So again, it's just ineffective that we're looking for. You don't need to be that precise with it. Some of you might want to be. I'm normally not one of the little tricks I'm going to show you. I need to get rid of this complete line down here at the bottom. I know the whole line is gonna be gone because my next mass doesn't really start until up here. So rather than me going in and trying to slide across, what I can do is zoom in, grab my brush, and when I click, ready to start of that line, I'm gonna scroll over and find the other end and then hold down my shift key and click again. Two clicks and the whole lines gone. And actually, with the way that this kind of has a curve at the top, I can use that same technique for this section here. And then just do a little bit of clean up afterwards to get on my brush. Click right about there. Come down, hold down, shift and click again. Let's take a minute we'll go through. It's the same process for a moment. We're gonna go ahead. I'm gonna lock this layer, and I'm gonna speed this next portion up just a little bit so that we can actually run through this and I'll show you how to do this. Take a and we can work on that. - Okay , so I think that's looking pretty good. The one last thing I do want to deal with here is this. Take a and I want to look at getting rid of some of the white that's around it. It's gonna lock. Are two layers here, Unlock are take a on. Let's just zoom in a little bit. Now I want to be able to select just the text, um, and expand on my selection. So if I command click or control click, I'll get my little marching ants around here, and that's giving me a selection of just the text. So then what I can do is I can go up to select, modify and expand. I don't need to go 30 pixels on this one. I don't think we'll try it. Yeah, it's a little bit too big. Command Z select. Modify. Expand Let's try half of that will go 15. That's a little nicer. And then what it's gonna do is I'm gonna be able to mask everything. So I still get a little bit of white in between the two words. But everything else that's covered here is actually end up being masked on that rectangle, right? So I want to go down here to the rectangle. Unlike this. And now I just want a paint or fill this mask in like a command delete on my keyboard. If you're on a Mac or should be controlled, the leader control backspace on a PC. It's gonna fill that in. If I go command D to de select, you can see I've still got a little bit here, right? So that way that text is kind of in line with it. 6. Adobe CC Update New Mask Technique: That's the one method I'm gonna show you guys a quick method. I'm gonna get rid of the mask on moment, just the word moment when they go here and I'm not gonna right click and delete layer mask . So it's brought all of that back again. This is a method you guys can use if you have de Adobe Creative Cloud and you've got the latest update, which should have been back in June, actually has been one since then. But this one would be available to you as long as you did something for you. As long as you updated back in June, I'm gonna click on my image layer and then I'm gonna click on my selection tool. There's a rectangular marquee tool. If you see up here in your top bar, you got a select and mask. But clicking on that, I can now come in here and it's almost like a brush tool. I just want to be able to select the areas where I don't want just to show through. So I'm gonna start up here, you see, Let's see how it kind of gets brighter. This is allowing me to mask everything off and it just grabbed basically everything up above. Now I know it's not the best to see. Like we can change the transparency here so you can see what's actually masked out. Okay, if that hopefully that makes a little bit easier for you guys to see what you can see. I've got the sky. I've got thes mountains, which is exactly what I want is the only thing I don't want masters. This area here just for a moment is right. You can kind of see that that line runs there, and then I'm gonna click. OK, you can see now with our mask. We've got this section here and of course, I want that in the image still, But I'm just gonna use this mask that it did to be able to take that off with my moment. Layer, I'm in command. Click or control. Click in my little thumbnail for the mask and it's loaded that mask for me. Now I want the inverse though, man. Shift I moment and then I can mask it. Once I got that mouse done. I don't want to get rid of this one. Walk it. Elite layer mask and there's my master later, so it can be pretty simple if you guys were using any of the new Adobe software using Creative Cloud. That's one of the reasons that I switched over to Creative Cloud was so that I could always have the most up to date tools and methods that Adobe is offering. 7. Closing Comments & Review: are you guys? So that's it for this one. Hopefully you picked up some good tips and tricks and you understand kind of methods that we went through again. This is something that can take some refinement. It can take some playing around with it. There's nothing saying that you even have to use the exact same methods like transparencies that I use. I mean, we could switch these back to 100% and leave it like that. There's lots of different things that we could do. We could take the to relax and and make it, Ah, full mask of something else completely your mask it out of the trees. Or look at a few of the examples that we've done here. I'll just run through. These are the ones that you guys saw at the beginning. So here's one of the first ones that I started with. Take pleasure in all the small things, and again, there's three different layers. Here is we've got the trees at the front, the trees at the back. But we only get depth based on what we're doing. And again, I just use a little bit of a lighter mask over here, but it wasn't difficult to do with this one. I got the inner block coming through the front trees here and the outer block coming through the back trees. Here, here we have ice and mountains, nature and all her wondrous beauty. And again, I mean, the one thing that I would change on this is I would probably bring this down a little bit . Mawr if I did it again on, I could. I mean, I've still got this is a PSD file. So one of the big things I can say You guys make sure that when you're doing these, keep duplicates. Don't get rid of your PSD file. Keep that for later. You might decide that you want to change the text or change the wording, Even change the layout a little bit like I said. But this one, I probably come back in and I'll redo this wondrous. I might do in a different font because I'm thinking that if I drop this down too low, we might lose that word. Wonder us. Here's another one that I did in this one. He used imagery so no time like the present with this one, I've just got the black bar that kind of weaves in and out of these buildings at the bottom and works its way across this deck at the top. And then the tea is just a little bit hitting back here. Last one. Here, come and get lost. It was kind of my play on sort of the Bermuda Triangle, but in the Grand Canyon with triangle sort of a map icon. But it weaves its way again, works its way kind of in a note and around the different shapes of the Grand Canyon here. All right, so it has enjoyed this. 50 questions. Please throw them in the comments below. Give me a big thumbs up on this course of you. Enjoyed it. I'd love to hear your reviews on this. Looking forward to seeing what you guys can create. And I hope you had fun