For this tutorial you will need:
A frame mask, you can download one here.

This tutorial is going to show you how to use masks to frame images.

It is a 2 part tutorial and when you have completed it you will have 2 framed images that you need to submit to pass this lesson for Back To Basics.

For this tutorial you will need:

Jasc Paint Shop Pro.

See the tutorial here on how to save a mask to PSP

Images of your choice

Some cute tubes here at PSP Pals

Ok, let's get started

1) Open a new canvas 300x300 Transparent

2) Floodfill with a colour that complements your tube

3) Open your image (resize it if necessary to fit comfortably in the centre of your canvas) and click on the copy icon

4) Click on your flood filled canvas to make it active and go to Edit - Paste  - Paste As New Layer

Your image will now be in the centre on your flood filled canvas

We now have 2 layers, one with the coloured background and one with the image

5) Go to Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

6) Layers > New Raster Layer. Name this layer Mask

Now your layer palette will look like this

7) Now we're going to add the mask....go to Masks > Load from disc

When the new window opens double click on a mask of your choice (I used the rectangle mask although the screenshot says flower mask lol that's for the next image we are going to frame!)

You won't see any change to your image because the mask is invisible

8) Go to Masks > View Mask and you will see a red frame on your canvas

The way the mask works is very much like a stencil.....when you paint over a stencil only the open parts on the stencil allow colour through to the base.

If you were to paint on the red mask (the stencil) the layer underneath would be unaffected. We don't want colour on our image so we need to make the mask protect the image rather than the edge of the canvas.

9) To do this, go to Masks > Invert. Now your canvas will look like this

10) Choose a colour to complement your image and flood fill your canvas

11) Go to Masks > Delete

You will get this box

Click Yes

12 )Now go to Layers > Merge > Merge Visible

Save your image as a Jpeg and your first lesson on masks is done!

This is the finished result

Now we're going to use the mask in a different way

Follow the above tutorial up to step 6

Now before we load the mask we are going to flood fill our mask layer

I chose a gradient

Masks - Load From Disc and choose a mask

You will now see this

Go to Masks - Invert 

Layers - Merge - Merge Visible

Save your image


(I changed my layers round on the finished one because I thought the red looked better as the background)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I also hope it helped you learn a bit more about how masks work :o)

Tutorial written by Shell 2003
Tutorials Robbie, Lyn & Shell 2002
Page design SLANT Digital 2005