Learn to Cut a Picture Into a Shape With Corel PaintShop Pro

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If you ever needed to create a photo collage or a special composite into the shapes, such as hearts or stars for a holiday or event, you will need this handy trick for Paint Shop Pro. Here's a quick and easy way to cut a picture into a preset shape in Paint Shop Pro X2.

  1. Open the picture file you want to create the cut out from.

  2. In the layers palette, right click on the background and choose Promote Background Layer.

  3. Select the preset Shape Tool and choose a shape for your cutout, such as the heart shape that comes with the program.

  4. Place the mouse pointer in the center of the area in the picture you want to cut out. Click and drag to create the heart shape to the size you want. It doesn't have to be perfect yet; you'll be able to further adjust the shape as needed.

  5. Using the handles that surround the shape, adjust the size and rotation of the cutout shape. You can also click and drag the shape to position it to encompass what you want to cut out in the image. You can reduce the opacity of the vector layer while you do this so that you can better see how the shape is positioned in relation to the picture in the layer beneath it.

  6. When you are happy with the position of the shape, go to Selections > From Vector Object.

  7. Then go to Image > Crop to selection.

  8. In the Layers palette, either delete (by clicking the trashcan icon) or hide the vector shape layer.

  9. Now you can copy and paste the cutout image to use it in another document, or save it as a transparent PNG file to use in other software.

You can use this method to make other kinds of cutouts using text or whatever you can make into a selection.