Masking in Photo-Paint: Main Selection Tools
 

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Corel Photo-Paint Selection Tools

 

Corel Photo-Paint offers mask tools to select image areas: Rectangular mask, Ellipse mask, Freehand mask, Lasso mask, Magnetic mask, Magic wand mask and Brush mask.

All mask tools are located behind one and the same icon. The icon on the Toolbox displays the last selected tool. To open the floating menu right-click on the arrow in the lower right corner of the displayed icon.

The mask tools of Corel Photo-Paint

  • Rectangular mask
  • The Rectangular mask tool selects rectangular areas.

    Follow the instructions:

      Step 1. Select the Rectangular mask tool from the Toolbox by clicking on the icon The Rectangular mask tool, or (if Rectangular mask was not the last tool applied) select it from the floating window.

      Step 2. Press the button Normal mode Normal mode in the tool Options palette.

      Step 3. Bring the cursor to the point of the image where the corner of an imaginary rectangle should be, and press the left mouse button.

      Step 4. Keeping the left button pressed, move the cursor diagonally to the opposite corner and release the button. The selected rectangular area will stay the same, while the unselected area will be filled with a semi-transparent red color.

     

  • Ellipse mask
  • The Ellipse mask tool selects elliptical areas.

    Follow the instructions:

      Step 1. Select the Ellipse mask tool from the Toolbox by clicking on the icon The Ellipse mask tool, or (if Ellipse mask was not the last tool applied) select it from the floating window.

      Step 2. Press the button Normal mode Normal mode in the tool Options palette.

      Step 3. Bring the cursor to the point of the image where the corner of an imaginary rectangle with an inscribed ellipse should be, and press the left mouse button.

      Step 4. Keeping the left button pressed, move the cursor diagonally to the opposite corner and release the button. The selected elliptical area will stay the same, while the unselected area will be filled with a semi-transparent red color.

     

  • Freehand mask
  • The Freehand mask tool selects a freehand mask.

    Follow the instructions:

      Step 1. Select the Freehand mask tool from the Toolbox by clicking on the icon The Freehand mask tool, or (if Freehand mask was not the last tool applied) select it from the floating window.

      Step 2. Press the button Normal mode Normal mode in the tool Options palette.

      Step 3. Bring the cursor to the border of the object that needs to be outlined and left-click it.

      Step 4. If you want the contour to be made of straight segments you should keep clicking the left mouse button along the border of the object until the whole object is outlined. If you want the contour to be smooth, move the cursor keeping the left button pressed.

      Step 5. Close the contour by a double-click with the left mouse button. The selected area will stay the same, while the unselected area will be filled with a semi-transparent red color.

     

  • Magnetic mask
  • The Magnetic mask tool creates a freehand mask while the mask contour traces the color border.

    Follow the instructions:

      Step 1. Select the Magnetic mask tool from the Toolbox by clicking on the icon The Magnetic mask tool, or (if Magnetic mask was not the last tool applied) select it from the floating window.

      Step 2. Press the button Normal mode Normal mode in the tool Options palette.

      Step 3. Set the Tolerance parameter in the Options palette of the mask tool.

      Step 4. Bring the cursor to the border of the object.

      Step 5. Make a left-click and start moving the cursor slowly along the border of the object.

      Step 6. Close the contour by a double-click with the left button. The selected area will stay the same, while the unselected area will be filled with a semi-transparent red color.

     

  • Magic Wand
  • The Magic wand mask tool selects consistently colored areas.

    Follow the instructions:

      Step 1. Select the Magic wand mask tool from the Toolbox by clicking on the icon The Magic Wand mask, or (if Magic wand mask was not the last tool applied) select it from the floating window.

      Step 2. Press the button Normal mode Normal mode in the tool Options palette.

      Step 3. Set the Tolerance parameter in the Options palette of the mask tool.

      Step 4. Left-click the color of the image that should fall into the selection.

     

  • Brush Mask
  • The Brush mask tool allows selecting freehand areas.

    Follow the instructions:

      Step 1. Select the Brush mask tool from the Toolbox by clicking on the icon The Brush mask tool, or (if Brush mask was not the last tool applied) select it from the floating window.

      Step 2. Press the button Normal mode Normal mode in the tool Options palette.

      Step 3. Set the shape and size of the brush in the Options palette.

      Step 4. Outline the objects that should be selected. The selected area will stay the same, while the unselected area will be filled with a semi-transparent red color.

     

You can add to, subtract from or intersect a mask selection.

To add an area to the previous selection you should choose the Additive mode (instead of the Normal mode) in the Options palette of the mask tool.

To subtract an area from the previous selection you should choose the Subtractive mode in the Options palette of the mask tool.

Use the Overlap mode if you want to obtain a complex selection, an overlapped area of two original selections.

 
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