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New Decoupage :
Transforming Your Home
with Paper, Glue
and Scissors

Durwin Rice (Author)

If all craft books were as attractive, brilliantly conceived, and downright amusing as this one, the craft world would be a better place !

New decoupage

it's a lesson on how to produce a masterful craft book ! A "monument" !


Napkin Decoupage:
Simple Clever Effective

Deborah Morbin

Start-to-finish guide packed with technique know-how and stylish projects...

Napkin decoupage

Then choose from over 35, step-by-step projects and variation ideas that are as appealing as they are simple to complete. Best selling !


Fresh Ideas
in Decoupage

Colette George

Today's crafters are looking for: updated, sophisticated home decorating projects that are easy, inexpensive and fun to make...

Fresh Decoupage ideas

Step-by-step instruction for creating professional-quality decorative pieces, including bowls, memory boxes and more... Great !


To learn how to clip with photoshop (making clipping paths), you can search on GOOGLE or YAHOO with the keywords "photoshop clipping" or "pen tool". There are many sites that offer excellent solutions, techniques and step by step.

If you find the tutorials are too complicated, here is, in all cases, a simple method ... and improved !

Train on this example by downloading this working image HERE .

Open the image in Photoshop and select the pen tool ... taking the option Tracks:

Pen Tool

Click a first point near a curve along the object to be clipped. Click a second point on the other side of the curve does not drag the mouse during the click so that it does not show the tangents, satisfy yourself with a simple click.

Your first two points are connected by a segment within the drawing ... Do not worry, you will adapt that after ... The aim is to draw a simple polygonal line having its vertices on the object to be clipped.

Continue the same way so as to close the path with the least of points (here, 6 points work good).

first two    

Now take the tool Adding anchor points ( ) And click on the first segment (do not stay clicked, just a click). A new item appears, equipped with its tangents.

Click again on the point now and maintain the mouse button down : You can drag the point on the edge of the object to be clipped ... and by moving it, adapt it on the curve. You can also now adjust each individual tangents.


Do this for all segments. Finally, right click on the image and choose Make Selection. Your clipping is finished !


You can now copy the selection or, by inverting it, select the outside to remove it.



For the image above, I've inverted the selection and then pressed Delete.

In the blending options, I then added a drop shadow ..

Not too complicated !!!


Try with this another training picture

And if the object has concave curves ... Exactly the same process! You must have 2 points that surround each side of the curves, convex or concave.

You can download the new image and train.


Here are the main steps of the exercise:


Subject to clip


  Trimming first points   



For the rounded ends of the legs, you will need, always with the Add anchors, adjust the tangents to the curve "sticks better" on the subject. Then make a right click and select Set.


 Route selection   


Clipping finished

You can see that it is not too difficult!

Good luck!