Clipping Masks and Rainbows Tutorial

A good while ago I published a tutorial on how to create rainbows in Photoshop. A very simple procedure and quick to do.

I’m publishing it again (though it’s still around but will save you having to search for it). I’ve used some text and a clipping mask to contain a rainbow in a word – obviously, the technique will work for any text and graphic combination.

So, if you want to create a sparkly rainbow, follow the tutorial (download the pdf – it’s free).

Create a rainbow in Photoshop

To contain the rainbow in text using a clipping mask carry on from here.

You can see that the text layer is sitting above the rainbow graphic – this is because I used an upper arc effect from the text options (just showing you). The next screen shot shows you the layer stack order for the clipping mask – the rainbow layer (now helpfully labelled ‘rainbow’!) has been moved above the text layer.  For information, I used a dark stroke to outline the text – you don’t have to but in this instance it gave the text some clearer definition.

  1. Select the top layer – the one with the graphic, making sure the picture is on the layer just beneath – right-click and select ‘Create Clipping Mask’ from the drop-down menu and  – Voilà!

We actually had a rainbow shining gloriously and radiantly in the sky (well, would hardly be in my handbag, would it, lol). Beautiful Irish skies… * sings* ‘when Irish skies are smiling…’Create a rainbow in Photoshop (groan).

Montage Mask Magic
















Do you find the prospect of using even simple masks in Photoshop daunting? They’re easier than you think and are very useful. Add another skill to your Photoshop / Illustrator bag and follow this free tutorial here:

Filled frame clipping mask

Free PDF Instructions: Create a quick gold foil overlay in Photoshop

Here’s a nice Photoshop effect that takes just a few minutes to do. It’s quick and simple and looks tremendous. You don’t have to stick with gold, you can use silver, bronze or other background of your choice. You will need to have a reasonable quality jpeg of the background. If you search with Google, you’ll be spoiled for choice. All you need is Photoshop, a foil (or other background) and you’re good to go.

The Free PDF Instructions are here:

Have fun!

Glowing orb Photoshop tutorial and free.abr brush


In a mood of deep thought and probably influenced to some degree by listening to Sound Garden including Black Hole Sun’ (love that track) I sat down with Photoshop and created the image above.

Weird dreams lately.

Had gone somewhere and there was great music and I wanted to dance but got  ‘grabbed’ by some guy, who, for some weird reason was sporting two flaxen plaits – like a viking; rather grubby and stinking of fags and beer. Eeew.

Then, new dream. I was on a space ship with Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc. It wasn’t the Enterprise and nor were there any other ST crew. He was a hologram or made from hard light or some other weirdness.

Most odd.

Anyhow, here is the tutorial and free .abr Magicwindow background brush for you:

Glowing orb - free pdf tutorial

A png to show you the Magic Window .abr. It was created from a photograph I took of a window on a frosty day and taken into PS and converted into a brush.

Introspection and self-immersion still the mood of the day, will go write this up in my dream diary. Make like a mathematician with constipation and work it out with a pencil.

Virtual chocolate has no calories

There now! I hope everybody had a lovely Mother’s Day. I did and was a very happy mum. Where does the time go?  I didn’t get any chocolates (by request) so I made myself a virtual chocolate bar in Photoshop.

I heard on the news that there’s a shortage of Marmite in New Zealand (not a random, disparate comment here – remember Mr Tree got some Marmite-flavoured chocolate in his Christmas stocking?). People are stockpiling it and the newspapers are describing it as ‘Marmageddon! Ha ha! I’d stockpile it if there was a shortage, it’s a big favourite in our house.

Driving along yesterday, a big stone hit the windscreen. If it had been thrown (it wasn’t gravel) any harder or if the car had been going any faster, it would have shattered. Huge ‘spider’s’ web of impact stress. I checked the insurance and found a pro-forma for applying and it had a check box for windshield cover. Thought to myself  ‘Bet we didn’t pay the extra for it’. Glum face. Too despondent to dig out the actual policy at that point. Was going to ring round for a few quotes but it was St Patrick’s Day bank holiday here so everywhere was shut.

Got up this morning and checked the policy first thing – we HAD taken out the windshield cover!!!  Happy dance! One quick call to the insurance company and they organised a bloke to call round and sort it out. It was all done (windshield replaced not filled) by 10.30. Brilliant service. As for the stone thrower?! Nothing I can do. The road where it happened runs parallel to a railway line. The railway line has a 6″ wall alongside the road so whoever threw the stone threw it up and over. They couldn’t see me and I couldn’t see them. Totally indiscriminate and untargetted. Stupid, dangerous and loutish behaviour nonetheless. Anyway, at least the cost of the repair was covered by insurance and not me!

If you fancy having a go yourself, the tutorial (PDF) can be downloaded here – it’s free but you’ll need to subscribe (keeps the spam bots away).

Chocolate bar Photoshop tutorial PDF

Have a great week!


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