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How to Use Masks in Pixascape
  • By Kia Lor
  • 16 Dec 2021
  • 7 Mins
  • Pixascape

How to Use Masks in Pixascape

Learn how to use photo masks in Pixascape with this beginner tutorial.

There are over one hundred fun masks available in Pixascape, and in this tutorial, we're going to show you how to use them. You can use masks in Pixascape to hide or blur parts of your photo and add some color.

Edit your photos using the Pixascape software that comes with Silver and Gold Plus Memberships. It's terrific that the software is browser-based and can be used on your computer or phone. If you're not a Plus member yet, then sign up for a free 30 day Gold Plus Membership trial today!

Let's first open an image in Pixascape. We chose to use this cute photo of a cat in the sun.

Step 1 - Access the Masks

Select the Masks icon on the far left. It's the icon with a circle inside a rectangle.

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Step 2 - Select a Mask Category

In the Masks panel, there are five categories of masks. You can pick Shapes, Brushes, Floral, Animals, or Patterns.

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Step 3 - Select a Mask

Once you have selected a category, scroll through the list and choose a mask you want to use on your photo. Each category has several options.

After clicking on a mask, you will notice two different areas on your photo. One area is clear and will be protected and untouched from edits. The other area will be white and slightly transparent, where the mask modifications will occur.

We're using mask 011 from the Shapes category below.

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Step 4 - Edit the Mask Settings

There are several ways you can edit a mask to fit your style.

Adjust the Mask Intensity

Use the blue sliding bar to adjust the intensity of the mask.How to Use Masks in Pixascape 4

This will change the transparency of the mask, as shown below, with the sliding bar at different levels.

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Move the Mask to a New Location

To move the mask, simply click on the mask and drag it to a new location. Note that masks in the Patterns category cannot be moved around.

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Adjust Advanced Mask Settings

Click the advanced settings icon next to the heart icon. You can change the color, blur amount, size, and rotate the mask in the popup.

Change the Color Overlay

The default color of the mask overlay is white. You can change it to any color you want by clicking on the color square and selecting a color in the Color popup.

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Adjust the Blur Amount

Increase or decrease the blur amount using the Blur sliding bar. Remember that the edits will not affect the clear protected area of the mask.

You can see in the following image how the blurred area looks at 0% versus 75%.

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Note that even with the mask intensity bar all the way down, the blur will still be seen, as shown in the following image.

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Adjust the Size of the Mask

Use the Size sliding bar to change the size of the mask. The higher the number, the larger the protected area becomes.

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Rotate the Mask

You can easily rotate the mask using the Rotation sliding bar.

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Step 5 - Apply the Mask

There are two ways to apply the mask to your photo. You can use the blue Apply button found on the selected mask in the list or the blue Apply button in the advanced settings popup. Once you click either of these buttons, the mask will be applied to your photo, and you will no longer be able to edit that mask.

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Step 6 - Save Your Favorite Masks

A great feature in Pixascape is being able to save your favorite masks for easy access in the future. Simply click the heart icon.

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Once a mask has been saved, the heart will be filled in.

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Your Favorites list can be found above the mask categories in the Masks panel.

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Now you know how to use masks in Pixascape to create some really cool photos. If you're interested in learning more about Pixascape, check out our library of Pixascape guides.

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