PicsArt Shape Masks are a great way to overlay various shapes onto your images. The idea is not that far removed from a cookie cutter, but instead of removing the cookie from the dough, like in a Shape Crop, Shape Masks just leave an artistic imprint. Shape Masks have many customization options that, in the right hands, can be used for a myriad of exciting artistic purposes. This tutorial will guide you through how to use Shape Masks step by step, so that you can master them in no time.

Step 1: Upload Photo

From the main menu, upload a photo of your choosing. 

shape mask photo effects

shape mask photo effects

Step 2: Select a Shape Mask

Select the Shape Mask icon from the menu bar and choose a Shape Mask that suits your preference. Don’t be afraid to click different masks to try them out, nothing is applied until you confirm it.

shape mask photo effects

shape mask photo effects

shape mask photo effects

Step 3: Adjust Opacity

Once you have chosen a mask you like, it’s time to customize. Adjust the opacity to make it more transparent or opaque.

shape mask photo effects

shape mask photo effects

Step 4: Invert Mask

Press the invert button to invert the part of your photo you want masked. You can either make a mask with a shape cut out, or just make the shape itself the mask.

shape mask photo effects

shape mask photo effects

Step 5: Choose Color or Pattern

Press the white color box to the left under your Shape Mask to choose a custom color. Press the adjacent patterned box to choose from several patterns to apply to your shape mask. 

shape mask photo effects

shape mask photo effects

shape mask photo effects

shape mask photo effects

Step 7: Save and Confirm

Go back to any of the previous steps to do final adjustments or tweak the color, opacity, or even shape. Press the checkmark to confirm your edits, then press the save icon to save them. 

shape mask photo effects

shape mask photo effects

shape mask photo effects

shape mask photo effects