Have you ever used a photo mask? It’s a great way to highlight a photo without overwhelming your page. It also allows you to play with blending so that you can overlap photos or place text over top of a photo. Many designers offer pre-made photos masks in their templates. They’re a cinch! And it’s a great way to learn how to use a photo mask without having to create one yourself.
To use the photo mask on the template, all you have to do is click on the layer with the photo mask and add your photo. (If you use Photoshop Elements you can drag and drop your photo onto the template from the photo bin.)
Resize and line it up so that it looks like it’ll fit nicely. Then all you have to do is “clip” it to the layer (Cntrl/Command G to clip). Before you merge (Cntrl/Command E to merge), make sure you like how it looks and nudge the pictures until the edges look nice.
Or you can simply use the photo mask just as the designer created it. It’s super easy and fun to use! It looks like I spent a lot of time creating this layout when it actually took me less than 10 minutes. Love that!