Thursday, 27 October 2016

How to Add a Mask ♥


Supplies Needed:
Mask of choice.
Color, paper, gradient or pattern of choice.
I used a mask by Dee at Dangerously Delicious Designz - HERE -
I used Mask DD_NFM-2015-2 (the 2nd one pictured) 

Some facts first: 
• You can add as many masks as you like to your tags - I can use anywhere between 1-8.
• Often you can use masks to incorporate another color into your tag.  Great way to match tube to scrap kit and vice versa. 
• Sometimes create mask on a New Image if I want mask to take on a different shape than canvas. I will explain. 
• Remember, this is a very basic tutorial showing you how to add a mask to your tags.
We will just do ours this time with a color, however, you can use papers, patterns or gradients too.  
Just be creative & have fun!

So, let's pretend we have a tag open in front of us. 
You would see lots of layers on the right in the layer palette.  
Today we will add it to the very bottom layer of the layer palette.
That way the edges of the mask are coming out from beneath your tag adding extra color.
It also gives it a nice, finished look once the rest of the tag is done.
0wqYou can also use it as the main part of your tag, or in other ways.
But not today, for today it will be on the bottom layer.

Okay, let's get started! 
So your tag is open in PSP and you've just finished it.
Add a new raster layer and flood fill it with a color, patter, paper or gradient of choice.
Right click the layer in your layer palette and choose 'Arrange - Send to Bottom'.
That will move your layer to the very bottom, which is where we want our mask to be today.

Open your mask of choice in PSP.  
It just needs to be open in PSP, not pasted anywhere on your canvas. 
Just open it and then go back to your tag. 
Click on the layer we just filled to make the layer active.
Right click that layer and choose 'New Mask Layer' and then 'From Image'.

You are telling PSP to look for any images open in your PSP (so, your mask)

A box will open up for you with a drop down.
If you click on that drop down, it will give you a list of images open in your PSP.
Remember: The more images you have open (if you don't close things out after using them) the longer your list will be.

Choose your mask in that list.
Ours today is 'DD-NFM-2015-2'
Source Luminance : checked
Invert Mask Data: unchecked

The odd occasional time I have had to check Invert Mask Data to make it take on the shape of the mask, but it's rare.  If you use your mask and it has borders and looks like the image below, you need to check 'Invert Mask Data'.

So, Source Luminance checked, Invert Mask Data unchecked - Click OK.

Now your mask is applied, however, you will see in your Layer Palette that it has a number of layers to it.

Making sure one of the 3 mask layers are active - Right click the layer - Merge - Merge Group.
That will bring your mask down to one layer.
This way you can resize it, move it or do what you want with it.

You've added your mask! Congratulations! 

Now, if you want to move your mask to a certain part of the tag.
Right click your mask layer, Arrange - Bring to Top. 
With your mask on top you can move it where you want to without moving any other layer.
Then, once again right click your layer, Arrange - Send to Bottom.

You can duplicate it and mirror it if you need it show on the opposite side, if you moved it.
Chances are if you add your mask, it will already show bits behind your tag.
If you make large tags it probably won't, however.  So bring it to the top layer, move it, duplicate and mirror it if need be.

One last thing

If your tag is on a rectangular canvas, but your mask is square canvas - your mask will look stretched.  
If I want the mask to keep the same shape and not look stretched, then I open a New Image 600 x 600 and do my mask separately, Merge Group and then paste to the tag as the top layer and place it where I want it. 

Once you understand the basics of masks you learn to work with them so easily.  
You can add as many masks as you like to your tag!

Now, finish up your tag, add your watermark and save your tag template.

Tutorial ©sylvie's tutorials.
Written by sylvie on October 27, 2016. 
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