Playing with Masks in Pixelmator

It's been quite a long time since the last time I posted a Pixelmator tutorial. I've been using Pixelmator more and more for my daily blog activities like simple and fast image editing. The tool is so fast and with the new version you will be able to do pretty much anything you want. I've been also experimenting with the tool and having a lot of fun. Today I want to share one of these experiments.

So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple artwork mixing typography and images.

Step 1

Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I am using the A4 preset.

Playing with Masks in Pixelmator

Step 2

With the Type Tool (T), add one layer with a very big P and another layer with a much smaller text "ixelmator". The font I am using is the Myriad Pro.

Playing with Masks in Pixelmator

Step 3

Type to import a image to use for our photo montage. The one I am using is courtesy of Shutterstock and it's titled "Cliche tree on hill with beautiful blue sky background in black and white" by Matt Gibson.

Playing with Masks in Pixelmator

Step 4

Create a marquee selection using the big P then mask the image so you have the P and the tree blended.

Playing with Masks in Pixelmator

Step 5

With the Brush Tool (B) start refining the edges so the branches are not just the mask cutout. It's important to keep the shape of the P visible, so be very careful on this step.

Playing with Masks in Pixelmator

Step 6

Make the ground part of the image visible. Keep using the Brush Tool to edit the mask.

Playing with Masks in Pixelmator

Step 7

Make the trunk of the tree a little bit wider.

Playing with Masks in Pixelmator

Step 8

Make half of the page black and move the composition up. Also add some more text o finish the composition.

Playing with Masks in Pixelmator


This is a little tutorial showing how to play with masks and text in Pixelmator to create a sort of double exposure effect in a way. The whole process is pretty starightfoward and you won't take more than 45 minutes to do an effect like that. Now it's up to you :)

Playing with Masks in Pixelmator

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Download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial.

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