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hpretorius says:
Photomasks in Paint.net
Can anyone tell me how to use photomasks in Paint.net?
Mar 20, 2009
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hfate627 says:
The way i have used them is by having the photo in one layer.
Then place the Photo Mask i want to use in another layer right above it. While you are on the layer with the photo mask use the Magic Wand to highlight the areas OUTSIDE of the photo mask (if the photo mask has areas that are not reached, use the shift key at the same time to get those smaller areas).

Switch to the layer with your Photo, go to EDIT menu and select ERASE SELECTION.
Go back to the Layer that has the Photo Mask on it and delete this later. You should now have your photo (or background paper) in the shape of the Photo mask.

I hope this helps you!
May 12, 2009
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hpretorius says:
Hi hfate627, I tried it as you explained above, but nothing happens.
Nov 6, 2009
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MaggieM says:
Try this:
Open Paint.Net
Open Photo
Open Mask
Highlight photo so it's in the workspace.
Go to edit and Select All.
Go back to edit and select copy.
Now on the top right click on your mask. It will be in the workspace.
Go to edit and choose PASTE INTO NEW LAYER.
On the right you will see your layer palette....it should have the photo on the top layer and the mask on the bottom layer.
At the bottom there is a strip with little icons. On the far right if you click it will say layer properties. Click on that and lower the opacity of the PHOTO layer so you can see the mask thru it. Make sure the photo layer is selected when you do this.
Now click on the MASK layer.
Click on your magic wand on the left and select the mask. You will see the little running lines around the mask. Now click on Edit and click on INVERT SELECTION.
Now highlight your photo layer.
Hit your delete button.
Go to the bottom again and UNDO your opacity level on your photo in layer properties.
Nov 6, 2009
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MaggieM says:
Hope this doesn't confuse you.....if you need more help just come back and we'll try to help you further.
Nov 6, 2009
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MaggieM says:
Sorry I forgot to mention to resize your photo over your mask once you get it pasted over the top....then lower it's opacity in properties.
Nov 6, 2009
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MaggieM says:
One more item....if you are going to use this masked photo in another software be sure and save as a .png file. This will maintain the transparency around the photo. If you are using Scrapbook Flair Software be sure and import it as an embellishment, not as an image. This will keep it's transparency in the SBF software.
Nov 6, 2009
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hpretorius says:
Hi MaggieM

I tried your method and get to the point where I have to change the opacity of the photo and I can see the mask through the photo. But then I get stuck. I cannot click on the mask layer. The photo that was pasted into the mask is one layer, right? There is no strip on the bottom with icons. When I changed the opacity of the photo I had to click on Layers and Layer properties to do so. So basically I am stuck on the "Click on Mask layer" Please Help!
Nov 9, 2009
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hpretorius says:
Hi MaggieM

Never mind, I've figured it out!! Thanks, once again, for your advise. It is always appreciated.
Nov 9, 2009
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MaryWonder says:
Thank you Maggie for your info. I use Paint.Net all the time but never figured that one out!
Nov 20, 2009
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MaggieM says:
You're welcome...
Nov 20, 2009
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Shiann says:
Oh my gosh!!! Maggie Thank you oooo much! These instructions worked with Paint Shop Pro X2 as well. YAYYYYYYYYYYYY
I love you!
Mar 5, 2010
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