Example: another image blend
Here's the pic of me
and a new layer on top with water:
On the water layer I'll apply a new mask; Masks -> New -> Show all. No result is visible after this as the entire water layer is still opaque. But I now have a mask to edit; Mask -> edit. I can choose Mask -> View if I think the red film makes it easier to work - in this case I don't. But I turn down the opacity of the water layer to begin with so i can see where my face is.
Then I grab the paint brush and start painting with a light grey where my face is. I keep making the grey darker and drawing on a smaller and smaller part of the face - the darkest colors I put where the face will stick up - the forhead, nose, chin... as I work I turn the opacity of the water layer back up so I can see the final effect more clearly. I end up with this:
I want a more soft look so I choose Effects -> Blur -> Gaussian blur set to '2'
And it's done.
/end of masks in paint shop pro/
made by desdemona. email me with any comments or suggestions