Using Layer Masks in Paint Shop Pro with ScrapSimple Paper Templates
Note: Tutorial written using PSPX.
Using Layer Masks with Overlay-Style Templates: Enchanted Paper
Open the template/overlay and minimize it. Open a paper or background that you would like to apply to your template.
Go to Layer> New Mask Layer> From Image. In the box that opens, use the drop-down box to select your template.
To apply the paper, uncheck the "Invert Mask Data" box, to erase or leave transparent the template, check the box, then click "OK." You will now have a Layer Group in your Layers Palette. Within the group, the bottom layer is your paper, the top layer is the mask you applied and the group layer is the combination.
You can continue to add layers and masks with additional groups until you achieve the effect you are looking for. Remember to record what you use on each layer. When you are ready, save as a .pspimage or PSD to maintain layers, and then Layers> Merge> Merge Group, saving as a file with a new name and a JPG extension.
I have in this background my paper which I recolored to green, one of the Enchanted Templates, the same Enchanted Template with another paper and Blend Mode applied, another Enchanted Template with paper and Blend Mode and Lori Cook's Grunge Swirl Brush PNG.
Using Layer Masks with PNGs - Lori Cook's Grunge Swirl Brush
Most brushes in PSP are too small to use on a full 12X12 layout. You can use the PNGs when you want something larger, especially when the PNG has many different levels of transparency like the Grunge Swirl Brushes I used.
Open a new image at 12X12 RGB 8 Bit 300 dpi and drag the PNG onto it, enlarging it to the size you like. Minimize it and open your paper or background. Follow the steps for using a Layer Mask above. When you have the look you want, highlight the group layer and Layers> Merge> Merge Group. You are now ready to Copy> Paste onto your layout. I lowered the Opacity slightly after I added it to my background.
Lifted Photo and Negative Frame Embellishment Templates
Start by opening the base layer to the ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Photos Biggie and rotating it to the right. Now we need to add the shadow and frame layers, I simply drag them onto my image, rotate, and move them into place. Once you have the shadow below the picture and the frame above where you want them, turn off the frame and shadow layers by clicking the eye on each layer.
I dragged my photo on top of the base layer and lowered the Opacity of the photo until I could see the black base below. I moved the photo into place and activated the base layer by clicking on it in the Layers Palette. Next I used the Magic Wand Tool to select the base, Selections> Invert. You can see the marching ants around the template and the whole page. I activated my photo layer and Deleted; the photo is now the same shape as the base layer. CTRL+D to deselect.
Turn the frame and shadow layers back on by clicking the eyes again. Make any adjustments necessary then, Layers> Merge> Merge Visible. You can now Copy> Paste it onto your layout.
Follow the same process with the Negative Frame Template.
Frame by Frame 2 Embellishments with the For the Love of Cardboard Collection Mini
Open the file folder frame template. Activate your Move Tool. Use the browser to find a paper and drag it from the browser to your template. Make sure it is the layer just above the template and that it covers the entire template. You could also double-click the paper in your browser, and after it opens, Copy> Paste As New Layer over your template. I find this method easier as it centers the paper for me. Clear clipboard by going to Edit> Empty Clipboard.
Activate your Selection Tool's Magic Wand and select the file template. You will have marching ants surrounding it. I used Match Mode: hue, Tolerance: 0, Feather: 0 and Contiguous unchecked. Activate the paper layer; you should now see the marching ants on your paper layer. Selections> Invert> Delete, and your window is now transparent.
You should now have two layers that look the same, your template on the bottom and your paper on the top. Selections> Select None to remove the marching ants. With the top layer (paper) active, Layers> Merge> Merge Down. Your paper is "pasted" to the template! Add the paper to the inside of the folder and save your work!
Add your journaling, embellishments and you are done!
Layout by Dee-Ann Decker
Tutorial written by Dee-Ann Decker