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by Wendi E. M. Scarth


Shape Cutter Tool
 PSP X7 X8 X9


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This tutorial demonstrates how to fill a Preset Shape with a photographic image using PaintShop Pro X7, X8 & X9’s Shape Cutter Tool. I am writing this with PaintShop Pro X9. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Image I am working with HereUnzip the file and open the image onto Paint Shop Pro’s workspace.

Undo Tip
You can quickly step backwards by tapping Ctrl then Z - (Ctrl then Y steps forward).

Paint Shop Pro X7, X8 & X9
Open PaintShop Pro, and then click the Edit tab found at the top of the workspace.

Open your choice of Photographic Start Image onto PaintShop Pro’s workspace; File then Open - (Ctrl then O).

Double-left clicking the photograph’s top menu bar centralises the image on your workspace.

If necessary, enlarge your Start Image by left-clicking the Maximise tab - illustrated below.

Now you have opened your Start Image onto Paint Shop Pro’s workspace, you are ready for the next step.

Materials Palette Note
Ensure that the Background And Fill Properties Swatch (in the Materials Palette) is set to solid white - as illustrated below.

Then from the left-side Tools Toolbar, activate the Preset Shape Tool. (P).

And from the Preset Shape Tool’s Option Palette click open the Shapes list and then activate the Heart Shape or a shape of your choice. Ensure the following settings are active in the Tools Palette.

Now, left-click and drag your heart shape over the area you wish to retain - as demonstrated below.

Then release the mouse button and your heart will be filled with solid white - as illustrated below.

Basic Masking Note
The heart shape is a Mask and as such, when working in Mask Mode -
Masking for beginners tutorial - Solid White will always retain an image’s pixels - whilst Solid Black will always remove (hide) pixels. Mask blending for beginners tutorial Here.

Now, from the Tool Options Palette, click the following Shape Cutter tab. It resembles a tiny mask.

Congratulations. Your photographic cut out is now complete and has a transparent background, as illustrated below.

Now you have successfully utilised Paint Shop Pro’s Shape Cutter Tool,
it is now ready to save as a Paint Shop Pro Image File. Alternatively, (first reduce the shape’s size - top menu, then Image then Resize), and from the top menu, choose File then choose Export then choose Picture Tube. And from the subsequent Export Picture Tube dialogue box, enter a unique name for your Picture Tube, then click OK.

Drop Shadow And Bevel Notes
To apply a Drop Shadow or a Bevel to your cut out shape, from the top menu of Paint Shop Pro, choose Effects then choose 3D Effects and select your choice from the subsequent drop down menu.
Experiment and have fun with the Shape Cutter Tool and find a suitable Bevel and Drop Shadow that suits your needs.

Background Layer Tip (
Layer Tutorials Here).
Create a Background Layer and drag it to the bottom of the Layers Palette, and fill it with your choice of background - as I have done below. By filling the background layer with the same colour as this web page, my heart appears to be transparent.

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