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Beyond Mask Basics

Recall that a mask is a layer that makes areas of a lower layer or group of layers appear transparent. A mask’s data is represented as a greyscale bitmap. You use black, white, and shades of grey to paint on a mask. Black produces total masking, white no masking, and grey partial masking. You can use just about any of Paint Shop Pro’s tools and operations to edit a mask, including the drawing and painting tools, the warping tools, selection tools, effects, and the adjustments that affect brightness and contrast.

Loading and Saving Masks

To load a mask from disk, choose Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk (or click the Load Mask From Disk button in the Layer palette) and then choose the file name of the mask you want. Click Load and your mask will be loaded onto the current active layer. Figure 5.5 shows Mask002.jpg being loaded from disk.


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