How to Cut an Image Into a Shape With PaintShop Pro

Make hearts, stars, and more with the Shapes tool in PaintShop Pro

If you know how to cut pictures into shapes in PaintShop Pro, you can create photo collages and other fun projects. The Preset Shape tool offers a number of cutout options such as stars and hearts.

Instructions in this article apply to Corel PaintShop Pro 2020.

How to Cut an Image Into a Shape With PaintShop Pro

To cut images into preset shapes in PaintShop Pro:

  1. Open PaintShop Pro, then open the picture file you want to cut out.

    Make sure either Essentials or Complete is selected under Workspaces so that you have access to the tools you need.

    Select Open on the PaintShop Pro welcome screen.
  2. Select Layers > Promote Background Layer.

    The Promote Background Layer command
  3. Select the down arrow beside the Shapes tool and choose Preset Shape.

    If you don't see the Preset Shape tool, select the plus (+) at the bottom of the toolbar to search for it.

    The Preset Shape tool
  4. Select Shapes List under Presets.

    The Shape List menu
  5. Choose a shape for your cutout.

    Shapes List presets in PaintShop Pro
  6. Place the mouse pointer in the center of the area in the picture you want to cut out. Click and drag to create the shape and make it the size you want. It doesn't have to be perfect yet; you'll be able to further adjust the shape as needed.

    Click and drag to create the shape and make it the size you want.
  7. Using the handles that surround the shape, adjust the size and rotation of the cutout shape. You can also reposition the shape to encompass what you want to cut out in the image by clicking and dragging.

    You can reduce the opacity of the shape layer so that you can better see how the shape is positioned in relation to the picture beneath it.

    Adjust the size and rotation of the cutout shape.
  8. When you are happy with the position of the shape, go to Selections > From Vector Object.

    The "From Vector Object" command
  9. Go to Image > Crop to Selection.

    The Crop to Selection command
  10. In the Layers palette, either delete (by selecting the trashcan icon) or hide the vector shape layer.

    If the layers palette isn't visible, go to Palettes > Layers.

    The Delete Layer button
  11. Now you can copy and paste the cutout image to use it in another document, or save it as a transparent PSB or PNG file to use in other software.

    A heart-shaped cutout of a cat in PaintShop Pro