Masks are one of the most powerful tools a digital artist using PSP has at their disposal. New with version 4, and above, comes the ability to save your masks. This can greatly simplify the process of creating certain types of graphics such as buttons for your web pages. A mask enables you to create beveled edges on textured surfaces giving the illusion of 3-dimensionality. Masks can help you achieve other effects, as well, such as disappearing text and much more.
Along with some of the advancements made in masking with ver 4, and above, came just enough change to confuse users of earlier versions. The following tutorial will help users of previous versions as well as introduce new users to the "Magic of Masks".
As well as demonstrating how masks work this tutorial will give you a quick idea of how to use the built in textures to create your own, well... textures.