I will teach you in this tutorial 3 different mask techniques. You will need to download and install some masks as the masks that come with your program are not too good! Don't tell Jasc I said so. LOL Make a search for psp masks and see what you can find. Here is one sit I really like alot:Nanette's Place You should find the 3 different kinds of masks you need for this tut. Let's get started, you will need a pretty tube or graphic of your choice to experiment with.

Open a new transparent image 300x300

Paste your graphic or tube INTO the image.

make 2 copies of this by pressing shift-D twice. We will need to start from this point with the other 2 techniques too.

Working with one of your copies make a new raster layer. Flood fill with the color of your choice, make sure it contrasts your graphic.

Ok Now go to Masks-Load from disk and choose a mask that looks like a frame it the middle of the frame being black at these settings:

For my example I used the same mask I used for the page header. I am sure you will use one as pretty. Here is the result so far:

Go to the layers palette and merge the group mask layer:

Apply the inner bevel of your choice:

Here I used Eye candy's glass filter on the mask.

Ok you have learned the framed mask technique. Experiment using different masks and effects. On to the second effect:
Now using your second copy:

Nanette has some lovely vase masks for you to choose from. I am using this one with these settings:

Hey Look what you did!!! Good Job!

Do that merge group thing again:

Go back to the layers palette and set it like this: You may only have 2 layers, so make sure the bottom is highlighted and the top is hidden.

Flood fill with white.. Unhide the other layer and highlight it.

Using your magic wand touch around the vase until you have the marching ants all around it.

Now read CAREFULLY on the layers palette highlight the white layer. On the key board hit delete.

Highlight the other layer again then apply a drop shadow. It should be black with a both offsets at 1, opacity at 24 and blur 2:

merge all layers. You can save it as a tube or save it in another format for later use. Ok we have finished the filled in mask technique. On to the last one.
Ok Let's use the last copy.

Choose a mask that has the middle filled with white:

Here is what I came up with:

Again do the group mask merge thing. Add a new raster layer, flood fill with contrasting color. Read carefully again: In the layers palette with your mouse, slide the graphic layer to the top! And here is your result:

I hope you have enjoyed making these mask graphics and you now have a working knowledge of using them. Experiment, Experiment, Experiment!!