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How to make an Artisteer header mask in Photoshop

Artisteer: v4.2.0
Photoshop: CS5

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how I created a grass mask to use as part of an header in Artisteer for a WordPress website.

To create the grass mask I used a Photoshop grass brush set from, the set was called “Free Grass Brushes Set 1”.

Step 1

Open a new Photoshop about 400 px wide by 190 px high, create a few layers to work on. Make the background layer white.

Using the grass brush I created 4 layers of grass using 4 different grass styles. I did it this way to make it easier to work on the finished look of the grass.

Artisteer header mask in Photoshop

Step 2

Select all the layers you created with the brush (not the background layer), go to Select > All and then Edit > Copy merged. To deselect go to Select > Deselect.

Disable all the brush layers.

Create a new layer, make the background black, then add a layer mask (that is the icon at the bottom of the layer panel, the square with a white circle).

Select the new mask layer and then click on the Channels tab. Enable the mask at the bottom and disable RGB, Red, Green, and Blue.

With the Mask layer selected go to Edit > Paste to paste in the copied brush layers. Move it into position if you need to.

Artisteer header mask in Photoshop

Go back to the Layers tab, select the new mask layer, go to Select > Deselect. You should now have a black background with transparent grass.

Artisteer header mask in Photoshop

Step 3

Save for web, save it as a .png file.

Go to Artisteer and add it to your header, job done!

John Wilkinson
Build Me A Website

What is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)?


The video below will hopefully help you better understand what Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.


PhotoShop CS5 for Beginners – #02. Opening and Saving Files

PhotoShop CS5 for Beginners – #01. Introduction and Project Overview

Photoshop tutorial – Advanced mirror/reflection effect

This is a great video that I found on YouTube to show how to add a mirror effect to an image that does not have a level bottom edge.

Google Analytics Basics – Understanding your data

Optimising WordPress Permalinks

Wordpress PermalinksConfiguring your WordPress permalinks is simple and only takes a second, but understanding what they are and how they work is key to setting up the best permalink structure possible.

Your site’s permalinks are like the street address for your site’s web pages. They help both people and robots understand your site’s structure and navigate its contents.

There is no “one magic permalink recipe to rule them all,” but keeping a few tips in mind makes it easy to optimize your WordPress permalinks.

This DiW article shows you how….

Read the full article here:-

Google Documents (Docs) Backup / Download / Export

Do you every have that thought about your documents and spreadsheets all being stored on Googles servers and not under your control. I’m sure they are safe with Google but for that peace of mind its nice to have a local backup copy of all your items in your Google Docs account.

Follow the steps below to backup all your items.

  • Log in to your Google Docs account
  • Click the ‘All items’ link on the left to make visible all your items
  • Select all the items, highlight the top item then scroll down to the bottom one, hold your shift key and click the bottom item, all should now be highlighted.
  • To the right of any item click the ‘Actions’ link and then click on ‘Download’
  • Select which format you want each item to be downloaded as, e.g Microsoft Word
  • Click the Donload button and save the compressed file to your pc and thats the job done

John Wilkinson
Build Me a Website

What is a blog?


The video below will hopefully help you understand what a blog is, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.