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Using Corel Paintshop Pro X4 Ultimate -- How Does A User Use And Create Layer Masks? ...What Are The Steps? Part:II

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Hello. I have a question to ask you.

I have Corel Paintshop Pro X4 Ultimate I recently bought. Now how do you apply a layer mask where one part of an image can be added, subtracted, or replaced/changed by part of a different separate image from another image layer? I am not sure of the steps in Corel Paintshop Pro x4 Ultimate on how to accomplish this?

NOTE: Your answer should NOT involve any cutting and pasting of parts of an image to another select image... ...or at least it 'should' not.

Please share with me how to perform these steps. I NEED CONCISE, CLEAR, DETAILED STEPS PLEASE!

I want to be able to master 2 different images or layers using layer masks at first and then progress to using more than 2 different images or layers in time.

FYI, I am using Windows 7 Professional operating system if it makes any difference.

Thank you!
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Merete earned 500 total points
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Hello again  Bazingeroo, I found your new question,  had to search through your account as the id you gave does not link to here.
Did you find any use from the previous question?

Remember I have PSP 9 and PSP 7 I love them and use them in conjunction with
Gimp, paint.net and RealWorld paint and RealWorld photo.
Your new Paintshop pro has a lot of very useful inbuilt guides have you looked in the help?

Making a layer is really nothing but a square with some bland background colour,  did you want to use a patten or gradient?
What your asking for:
 how do you apply a layer mask where one part of an image can be added, <<<
maybe your words do not accurately describe what you want to do.
Always use copies of your original .
In this tutorial you will learn the steps required to remove a background from an image and replace it with another
Corel PaintShop Pro X4 - Background removal

continuing your question>>
subtracted, or replaced/changed by part of a different separate image from another image layer? I am not sure of the steps in Corel Paintshop Pro x4 Ultimate on how to accomplish this?
Paint Shop Pro Tutorials - Layering Textures
A tutorial on a fairly simple and easy way to edit the subject of a photo into a slimmer version.
You might also like this
youtube downloader
If needed you can use free tools to achieve very good results
Paint.net is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows.
RealWorld Paint, free download. RealWorld Paint 2011.1: Free image editor with surprisingly powerful features.
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by:Bazingeroo
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@ Merete:

Hello. I am here. :) Thank you for acknowledging and commenting here from my last closed question/thread.

Okay, I am running Corel PaintShop Pro x4 temporary install on a Windows 7 64-bit temporary install. I got 30 fully funcional days for each now. It took awhile to setup, but now it is stable and done. Hurray!

Now, I have read your comments above, and I see you have some great links -- YouTube.com videos that are great tutorials! THANK YOU!!!

I will say your latest comment in regards to your video above does not suggest any cutting and pasting of parts of an image to another select image. That is what I was getting at with my initial questions from this question/thread and the closed question/thread. You are definitely answering my question. Thank you!

I have further questions...

1. Removing the background appears to be *easier* than Adobe Photoshop Elements that do you not need a layer mask in order to do the background removal in Corel PaintShop Pro x4. Am I correct? It seems Corel's version here has a tool called the "Background Eraser Tool" I believe from my knowledge Photoshop does NOT have??? That is why I think in Photoshop Elements you have to use layer masks in order to do the object extracting from the image? Am I correct to say that? If not, please correct me.


2. The objective: This is what I am doing... ...this goes along the same lines as your first video you posted above... ...EXCEPT... ...INSTEAD OF ONE OBJECT, I need extracted from the background where I have *TWO SEPARATE* images I am working to start with -- I need ONE OBJECT FROM *TWO* *SEPARATE* photos extracted; so I would have in total three photos I am working from to start with.  I would have one common photo that would be the background photo that is not touched. I would have an object from each of the other two photos that I would need to be extracted and 'placed' in some fashion on the background photo. Yes, keyword here is: "placed". I would need to position them in the background photo so it looks right. I may even need to enlarge or shrink them to fit for scale and proportion too. Oh, one more thing, all the photos being utilized in this are all black and white photos that need some fixing with crease marks too.

Now, I am not sure if or how the Background Eraser Tool in Corel Paintshop would work for me for not for my question 2 above? If so, the big question is "how' do I do this? Is there more than one way to do this? What is the best way? What is the easiest way? You may add your own comments and/or video(s) like from YouTube.com to perform such a feat.

I know I may if asked enough out of you here.....or maybe not and you have a quick (set) of answers.

Please reply.

Thank you!
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by:Merete
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Hello again I am pretty happy you chose Coral Paintshop pro since I am more familiar with it, I have Paintshop pro 7 Ultimate and and Paintshop pro 9, since I wanted to test PSP 9 to compare it I went looking for the downloader but found it on eBay forsale for 14 dollars Australia so I bought it instead
What a bargain. Also comes with animation studio.
I still find my PSP 7 the best simplest and use it in conjunction with other tools like power director 10.

Remember I have only tried Photoshop and never liked it so uninstalled it pronto.
It has a lot a similarities to Photoshop plus or minus a few plug ins but you can download lots of brushes and extras for free
The rest  of Photoshop I learnt through reading and experts exchange.

okay your first question
1. Removing the background appears to be *easier* than Adobe Photoshop Elements that do you not need a layer mask in order to do the background removal in Corel PaintShop Pro x4. Am I correct?<< I have never used layers per say in this method, so yes you are correct, and yes it is a lot easier.
They only become layers when you copy and paste another image into your master background.

It seems Corel's version here has a tool called the "Background Eraser Tool" I believe from my knowledge Photoshop does NOT have??? That is why I think in Photoshop Elements you have to use layer masks in order to do the object extracting from the image? Am I correct to say that? If not, please correct me. << there is two methods to remove a background, one is to copy the image segments using the magic wand and paste into a new file ie background of the same size or use the background removal tool.
Precision Background Eraser


2. The objective: This is what I am doing... ...this goes along the same lines as your first video you posted above... ...EXCEPT... ...INSTEAD OF ONE OBJECT, I need extracted from the background where I have *TWO SEPARATE* images I am working to start with -- I need ONE OBJECT FROM *TWO* *SEPARATE* photos extracted
;<<<<
ok the principal is the same, you have a copy of your original  picture that we refer to as the  master image background
Put all three onto the work table side by side,
 go back to each image and put a dotted line around the piece you want to copy and paste into the master image and here is where you choose which paste method,  as a new layer or a transparent layer etc then position it how you want,
then do the same with your other image and you can do it all in one go.
use the undo as many time as you need to go back a step a two.
Then when you happy go to layers and merge merge all flatten save a copy here
 now work with the new image and since it's still there you can use the undo again.

corel Paintshop pro x4 ultimate objrect extractor

These are some of the tutorials I use

I save my work at various stages so I have a template to go back to different stages but keeping my current in place so I can undo.
That's it pretty easy really, the work depends on how much is in these two other images, how much details.
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by:Bazingeroo
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@ Merete:

Hello again. I have some free time today to work with Corel Paintshop and I have had success from your first set of instructions above in creating my one image! IT takes some time and trial and error to get it right! Thank you! I know I will have further questions as time goes on with other functions and features of Corel Paintshop Pro x4 Ultimate.

I appreciate your first comment and I am given you 400 points for the nice set of online resources, off-site information, and your personal input where I was able to put this all together into a methodology that works. I am given your last comment answering some of my side comments I found significant to have answers too 100 points as useful extraneous information.

Again, thank you very much and your dedication and time to help me!!!
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Thank you Bazingeroo, happy to help and I am here if you require further assistance.
Have nice day
Sincerely
Merete
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