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Knockout Style for Quickpages/BragBooks/Albums

This one is for all of you who love to make a Quickpage/BragBook/Album set with your kits. I know my old way of doing it is a very common way. It is also a very tedious, annoying, time-consuming way. You know, where you select the area under a frame and then delete each bit under it? To get everything nice & clean for the final product? NO MORE!

Introducing my, free, CU-okay, knockout style! Simply create a placeholder, one that you would normally clip a photo to, apply my knockout style and voila! All layers beneath the placeholder magically disappear… only to easily reappear by turning off the placeholder layer.


As you can see, I’ve got my background layer (note that it is unlocked). My placeholder, and then my frame. This way, I don’t see anything I might tuck under my frame… however, it is still there when I turn off the placeholder.


I have applied my free knockout style to the placeholder layer. Now everything layered below this will be invisible. That is everything that is “covered” by the placeholder will be invisible. Simply turn off invisibility by clicking on the “eye” symbol next to the placeholder symbol to turn on all the invisible parts. It is really that simple.

The easiest way for you to try this is to download, unzip and drag my CU-okay Knockout style into your style palette.


Or, follow these simple directions:

In photoshop you can “knockout” all the layers underneath that layer. Soooo absolutely ideal for making quickpages. Here’s how:

  • go to add layer style
  • choose blending options
  • Set fill opacity to 0%
  • Set knockout to deep

Note: background layer must be unlocked

Lots of smooches,


{ 10 comments… add one }

  • Angel Hartline Designs 5 December 2010, 5:28 am

    Fabulous tool, Toiny!

  • fl_connie 8 October 2011, 2:58 pm

    Wow! Can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much!

  • Joyce Swaim 8 October 2011, 4:11 pm

    Sounds like something I really need to learn, if I would just get down the basics first!!!

  • Trisha 8 October 2011, 11:00 pm

    Thank you for the great tutorial :)

  • Grambie 9 October 2011, 6:29 pm

    This is a fantastic style and I really appreciate your sharing of it so freely. Now I can do the book and my daughter-from-marriage and granddaughter can place their photos. Thank you for this wonderful download.

  • Stash Empress 12 October 2011, 5:04 am

    This looks wonderful but not sure what I’m doing wrong — when I go to choose the knockout style, there’s no style there — it shows up in the menu just fine (the metafile is working LOL) — but there’s nothing showing up to click on– just a circle with a line through it when my mouse goes there…. all my other styles are working just fine — did I do something wrong? I’m using PSE7.

  • Stash Empress 12 October 2011, 5:05 am

    Never mind previous comment — the style finally “showed up” — don’t know why it wasn’t working before! Thanks so much for sharing this!!!

  • Bing 1 June 2012, 1:30 pm

    Thank you so much!!!! This will be a very big big big help for me since I work on some designers that require me to turn my layouts into qps for freebie!!!! I so love it!!!!!

  • Carol 5 August 2012, 8:34 pm

    WOW! Thanks so very much for this great tutorial. I really need this.

  • Renee 10 November 2012, 6:48 pm

    Thanks Toiny – this is a great tool. So kind of you to share :)

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