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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

Disable/Turn off WordPress comments

If you would like to disable / turn off WordPress comments on your posts and pages here is how you do it.

In wp-admin go to Settings > Discussion and then untick “Allow people to post comments on new articles”, as shown below. This applies to any new posts and pages that you publish from now on.

Allow people to post comments on new articles

To disable / turn off WordPress comments from posts that you have already published:

In wp-admin go to Posts, select all the posts, in the Bulk Actions box select Edit and then click Apply. Select ‘Do not allow’ next to Comments and then click the Update button.

Do not allow comments

If you want to just disable comments on pages and leave them active on posts you will need to keep the “Allow people to post comments on new articles” ticked in the settings and on every page, existing and new untick ‘Allow comments’ in the Discussions section.

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.


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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.

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