Quick Tutorial Time!! Using Photo Masks in PS and PSP!
- Open a photo and the mask you want to apply to it.
- If necessary, rotate the mask so it is the same orientation as the photo. (Image > Rotate Canvas)
- Activate the mask image, go to Image > Image Size. While the Image Size dialog is on-screen, go to the Window menu and choose the file name of the photo you'll be applying the mask to.
- Click OK and the mask will take on the same dimensions as the photo.
- With the mask active, Select All (Ctrl-A/Command-A) and Copy (Ctrl-C/Command-C).
- Activate the photo and convert the background to a layer by double clicking the background in the layers palette.
- Activate QuickMask Mode by pressing shift-Q.
- Paste the mask. (ctrl-v/Command-v)
- Exit Quick Mask Mode by pressing shift-Q again. You will now see the marching ants indicating a selection.
- To reveal all white and gray areas of the mask, click the layer mask icon at the bottom of your layer palette.
- To reveal all black areas simply hit the delete button.
Masks are just soooo easy in PSP!
- Open the mask and the photo you wish to apply the mask to.
- For the photo you'll be applying the mask to, right click the Background in the Layer Palette and choose Promote to Layer.
- Choose Masks > New > From Image for versions 7-10. For versions 11 and above click the little arrow next to the "new layer" icon in your layer menu and choose "New Mask Layer" and choose "from Image".
- In the source window drop-down menu choose the name of the mask image. Create mask from source luminance should also be selected. Depending if you want the black or the white/gray areas revealed, click or unclick invert.
- Click OK and the mask is instantly applied to the layer.
For Photoshop element users, check out this link for the free Layer Mask Tool. Pin It