Photoshop is wonderful. Within Photoshop, the magical clipping mask tool is great. No, fantastic! It is SUPERB! I use it, like, everyday. Sure, there are layer masks and yadda yadda, but clipping masks are quicker. And easier. And awesome-er.
A clipping mask works by using at least two layers, where the bottom layer acts as the parameters for which a layer (or multiple layers) above it will show. So if you want to make some sweet pattern defined to the shape of a heart – put your pattern on top of a heart shape, make it a clipping mask, and voila! It’s SO easy.
I made a video tutorial (my first one, yikes!) of how I use it and how you can too! After that hop on over to the vault to grab some free style guide templates and put your new skills to use!