ABC PSP - Tutorial 08


By LismibaebisCreations
November 2007
Revised April 2021

Skill Level: Absolute Beginner using PSP
This tutorial is written for Windows 10

This is Lesson 08 of a series of tutorials for the absolute beginner with PSP.
It is recommended that you complete the tutorials in numerical order, as each new one will build on the knowledge gained by the previous tutorials

This tutorial is my own creation, any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental

If you have another PSP version and do not understand the screen shots, email me and I will try to help you, I have several PSP versions from PSP 8 (the old Jasc version) to PSP 2020.

Program shortcuts will be given in parentheses

Photo of Venetian Masks

Photo: ©Eric Žunec - Used with written permission

People have been using masks for centuries to cover up their faces or parts of their faces.
In PSP we use masks to cover up parts of images.
PSP comes with a selection of different masks and it is easy to collect more.
Sometimes a mask is available for download with a tutorial.
If you put "PSP masks" into a search engine like Google, you will be spoilt for choice happy smilie
Probably the most used mask is called 20-20.


Paint Shop Pro - I used X2
Free 30 day trial from Corel, available here


Mask 20-20, available here


Image abc3pict.jpg,
(you should have it in your ABC Folder, if not it's available here

Method A

1) Download 20-20 mask, save it to your "ABC" Folder and open in PSP

2) Open abc3pict.jpg in PSP

3) Make sure image abc3pict.jpg is active
Window > Duplicate (Shift + D) twice

4) Close original image

5) Minimize one of the copies for later use

6) Layers > Promote Background Layer

5) Layers > New Mask Layer > From Image
Source Window = 20-20.jpg
Source Luminance = Checked
Invert mask data = Not checked


6) Layers > Merge > Merge Group

Not difficult, is it?
With this method, it is necessary to have the mask open in PSP.
If you do not save the mask in PSP, the program will run faster and more smoothly

There is also another way:

Method B

This method will let you browse the masks you have installed on your computer AND have the necessary "File Location" settings in place for PSP.
Instructions can be found in ABC Tutorial #07 Organizing PSP "Extras".

1) Download 20-20 mask.
Save it to the Mask folder and make sure that the File Location command is in place
(as explained in ABC #07)

2) Restore Up the spare Graphic


3) Layers > Promote Background Layer

4) Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask from Disk

Click on the little arrow to the left of the finger and then choose the 20-20 mask


Source luminance = Checked
Fit to canvas = Checked
Invert transparency = Not checked
Hide all mask = Checked

5) Layers > Merge > Merge Group

Sometimes, especially with the 20-20 mask, the edge of the image is not very nice. If that is the case, simply re-apply the mask once more.

You are now ready to add a new layer to your image and create a background for your masked image

Suggestions for future ABC Tutorials are welcome

I hope that you found this tutorial helpful.
If you have any questions, please email me: Lismibaebi at

A special "Thank you" goes to my Tester Group who helped me to get this tutorial first released in 2007.


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