There are two ways to work with MASKS in PSP 9 by
going to LAYERS/LOAD/SAVE MASK/LOAD
MASK FROM DISK. This sample is below.. I
will show you the other way further on down the tutorial
Drag and drop this arrow to keep up with where you are in
you have to be sure
that in your PSP preferences on your Masks under file types you have
mask folder on the list there on the right.. to DIRECT PSP to
go look THERE for that type of file.. if its not then ADD it and
have the option to look in SUB folders checked..
You do this for ALL types of
files for PSP
This is a great option in
PSP.. you don't have to have EVERY thing for PSP just in your
MYPSPFILES folder.. you can store 'GOODIES' other places or on other
Start off with a 400 x 400
NEW transparent raster layer Image... fill with a color of your
As shown below.. this is how you would use a mask
that you have saved in a file folder on your computer or on a disk..
for your masks to be on this drop down list..
This window pops up...Here you can 'tweak' your
mask settings.. the Mask window drops down to reveal
all your masks..
for you to pic from. The window under preview.. will change as you
click and unclick the
INVERT transparency...it depends on what you
want cut off of the mask.. or save.. the BLACK
is the part that's
'cut' away.. See both samples below. This is with INVERT toggled.
Below here is the Mask drop down list showing all
your masks.. to pick from.
Once you pick what mask you want and which INVERT
to use. Look at your layer palette.. it looks like 3 layers there
for that mask..
Next you go to LAYERS/DELETE.
Click YES when the next window pops up
the Middle layer disappears.. Don't ask me why you
do this.. ha.. you just DO... On the layer palette there looks l
like 2 layers now.. you highlight the top Group
Raster 1 layer and right click.. go to MERGE/MERGE Group...
then there is ONE layer left.. now you can put a
shadow.. or texture.. or tile it.. whatever your going to do with
This is the other way.. to use a Mask. I don't use
this way much its limited to its settings..
You to go LAYERS/NEW MASK LAYER/From Image.. * you
have to have a mask OPEN on the desk top for this one.
On the Source window scroll down and find the Mask
that's opened name.. You can toggle the INVERT on this one..
have the other choices.. Click OK.. then it works same way the first
You do the same way you did the other one. You
have 3 layers on the layer palette. you go to LAYERS/DELETE
click OK then right click on the top group layer
and MERGE/MERGE GROUP..
Have fun working with Masks..!