PI6 QuickTip #13: Using Masks


Any grayscale JPG image can be used as a mask, or you can use the masks in the EasyPalette's Mask Library. The steps for using masks are different, depending on whether you use one from the Mask Library, or a JPG mask.

Let's start with the easiest method, which is to double click on the Mask Library mask that you wish to use. A selection area will appear on the image. Drag the selection, if necessary, so that the mask is where you want it. If the mask isn't wide or tall enough, switch to the Transform tool and resize it. 

move and resize selection as needed

Right click on the selection and Convert to Object. Drag the object into an empty area in the work space, where it will open in its own window. Right click, Merge.

masked image

To use a grayscale JPG image as a mask, have the grayscale JPG and the image you want to mask open at the same time. Right click on the JPG and choose All, then right click again and choose Convert to Object.

Click on the blue title bar for the color image that you want to mask. Click on the Mask icon in the far right corner of the status bar.

mask icon

The image will be covered with a transparent red mask. With the Pick or Selection tool, drag the grayscale JPG mask image on top of the color image, positioning it as desired. 

drag JPG mask onto image

Click the Mask icon again to deselect it. The red mask will disappear, leaving you with a selection area only.

left with a selection area

Right click on the selection and choose Convert to Object. Drag the object into an empty area in the work space, where it will open in its own window. Right click, Merge. 

different mask

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