Photo books – How to use masks

Creating a different look with your photos is very easy with the pix2print design software.There are many ways you can create a different look using the many options available in the ‘Inspector’ area (on the right hand side of your screen).

Today I am going to show you how to use masks to easily create a different look for your photos.I will use one of the masks (fade box 1) as an example, but they can all be applied the same way!

  1. Open your photo book and go to an empty page.
  2. Add a photo to the page (see the short video ‘How to add a photo‘).
  3. I started with an A4 landscape photo book and added a full page photo to it:Adding a full page photo to an A4 landscape photo book
  4. Click on the tab ‘Masks’ in the Library area at the bottom of your screen. You’ll see many masks appear (there are 32 different masks available!):There are many masks availableYou can use the scroll bar beneath the masks to view the rest.
  5. Select the mask you want to use and place your mouse over it. You will see your mouse change to a hand.
  6. Left-click on the mask and hold whilst you drag the mask to the photo.
  7. When the mask is above the photo where you want to use it (you can see the photo will have a blue line around it) you can release the mouse.


The mask you selected is now applied to your photo. I selected ‘fade box 1’, so my photo now looks like this:

Selected mask applied to photo

To remove a mask from a photo:

  1. Select the photo with the mask.
  2. Right-click and select ‘Remove Mask’:

remove a mask using the right-click menu option

Or you can drag ‘None’ to your photo (you can find ‘None’ at the very left-hand side of all the masks).

Below are some examples of what you can do with masks. I have put the plain photo on the left hand side of each page and the same photo with a mask applied on the right hand side of the page so you can see the difference. The name of the mask is written underneath each example.

It is possible to create and add your own masks, I will talk about that another time! (Let me know if you want me to show you how by sending me an email at!)

mask 'smudge' applied

mask – smudge

mask 'blur' applied

mask – blur

mask 'rip all edges' applied

mask – rip all edges

mask 'sun' applied

mask – sun

mask 'rip edges' applied

mask – rip edges

mask '3 panel' applied

mask – 3 panel

mask 'rip left' applied

mask – rip left

Have some fun and use some masks in your next photo book (or calendar)!

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1 Response to Photo books – How to use masks

  1. Ramona says:

    Thank you this was helpful

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