Testing the NEW Frame Tool (vs Clipping Masks) | Photoshop CC 2019

Are you tired of using clipping masks in Photoshop to create complex designs and layouts? Have you heard about the new Frame Tool in Photoshop CC 2019 and wonder if it’s a better alternative? Look no further, because in this blog we will be testing the NEW Frame Tool against clipping masks to see which one comes out on top. We will explore the functionality, ease of use, and the benefits of each method, and provide you with a comprehensive comparison to help you decide which tool is best for your design needs. Let’s dive in and see which tool will reign supreme in the world of Photoshop design.

Introduction

Today I’m going to show you how to use the new frame tool in Photoshop CC 2019 and we’re going to compare it with one of my favorite tools, clipping masks.

Hey there and welcome to Phlearn, my name is Aaron Nace. In this episode, we’re talking all about the new frame tool in Photoshop CC 2019. It allows you to create a frame which by default is going to be either a square or a circle and then place images into that frame. This is a wonderful tool for those beginning in Photoshop and for simple applications. For people looking to do more advanced applications, we’re going to show you how to use clipping masks to basically do everything the frame tool can do plus a few additional things.

Using the Frame Tool

We’re starting out with an image that’s a perfect example of when to use the frame tool. The frame tool gives us just a couple options. We can choose a rectangle or an ellipse, making it a really easy tool to use.

To use the new frame tool, simply click and drag around the area you would like to make a frame. If you need to readjust, simply hold the Spacebar down and you can move it around while you’re making the frame itself. Once the frame is created, it will create a new frame layer. The contents of the frame itself are what will be affected by the frame tool. The frame tool works with smart objects, meaning you can still scale the image up or down without losing resolution, as well as linking smart objects to avoid increasing the file size.

Once the frame is in place, you can place an image into the frame using the “Place” command. You have the options to place it embedded or place it linked, depending on the needs of your project.

Using Other Shapes

The frame tool allows for basic shapes like rectangles and ellipses, as well as the ability to convert text into a frame or create a shape using shape tools or the pen tool and place an image inside of that shape, making it versatile for simple applications.

Using Clipping Masks

For more advanced users, using clipping masks can offer more functionality than the frame tool. Clipping masks will allow you to do everything the frame tool allows you to do plus quite a bit more. To demonstrate, we’ll use the same example and show you how to achieve the same result using clipping masks.

To use clipping masks, we’ll start off by creating a rectangle using the rectangle tool. Once the rectangle is created, we’ll use the “Place” command to place a linked smart object into the image. This object is then linked to the rectangle using a clipping mask. This allows for flexibility in moving and resizing both the image and the frame with ease.

Advanced Techniques

Clipping masks offer more functionality, as demonstrated with the ability to move and resize both the image and the frame independently while maintaining their connection. This gives users more control over the layout and design of their project.

Overall, the frame tool is a great addition for beginners and simple applications, while clipping masks offer more advanced users additional functionality and flexibility. Whichever tool you choose to use will depend on the specific needs of your project and your level of expertise in Photoshop.

FAQ: Testing the NEW Frame Tool vs Clipping Masks in Photoshop CC 2019

1. What is the Frame Tool in Photoshop CC 2019?

The Frame Tool is a new feature in Photoshop CC 2019 that allows users to create placeholder frames for images. This tool is particularly useful for designers who want to easily resize and move images within a frame without distorting the original image.

2. How does the Frame Tool compare to Clipping Masks?

While both the Frame Tool and Clipping Masks can be used to control the visibility of images in Photoshop, the Frame Tool offers a more visual and intuitive way to work with images. It allows for easy resizing and moving of images within the frame, whereas Clipping Masks require more manual adjustments.

3. Can I still use Clipping Masks with the Frame Tool?

Yes, the Frame Tool and Clipping Masks can be used in conjunction with each other. You can create a Frame using the Frame Tool and then apply a Clipping Mask to control the visibility of the image within the frame.

4. What are the benefits of using the Frame Tool?

The Frame Tool offers a more flexible and intuitive way to work with images in Photoshop. It allows for easy resizing and moving of images within the frame, and it can be particularly useful for designers who work with a lot of image content.

5. Are there any limitations to the Frame Tool?

While the Frame Tool is a powerful new feature in Photoshop CC 2019, it may not be suitable for every type of image editing task. Users should still be familiar with other techniques such as Clipping Masks for more complex image manipulation.

I hope you find useful my article Testing the NEW Frame Tool (vs Clipping Masks) | Photoshop CC 2019, I also recommend you to read my other posts in my blog at this link.

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