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PhotoImpact doesn't have a built-in Cut-out Effect. This tutorial will show you how to create this effect using Selections & Shadows.

What you will need:

PhotoImpact 10 or higher

NOTE Versions 10 and higher. Be sure you are working in Standard Mode or Full Edit (or your own customization of either) so that all of the features of PhotoImpact are available to you. Some things have been moved to different places in the Menus. Notably Format has been split between Adjust and Photo.

Part One - The Cut Out Shape

  1. Grab the Path Tool and set up as follows:
    ♦ Color - Any Color will do.
    ♦ Shape - any bold shape. A diamond or fancy circle, or even a fat flower will work nicely.
    ♦ Mode 2D Object
    ♦ No Border
    ♦ No Shadow
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  1. Draw out your shape. Try to take up about two thirds of the space available. Right Click on the shape and choose ALIGN/Center Both.
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  1. Now change the mode from 2D object to Selection.
  1. Right click and choose Invert.
  1. Right click again and choose Convert to Object. Do NOT deselect.
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  1. To begin to create the cut-out effect go to Object/Shadow and use the following settings:
    ♦ Color Black
    ♦ Shadow direction - down to the right
    ♦x-offset 5 pixels
    ♦y-offset 5 pixels
    ♦Transparency 25%
    ♦Shadow size 100%
    ♦Soft edge 15 pixels
    Then click OK. YOu now have a dark shadow inside a hole in the shape you drew. But the effect is not yet complete.
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  1. Right Click and choose Split Shadow.
  1. Go to Object/Shadow again, but with the following settings: ♦ Color White
    ♦ Shadow direction - Up and to the Left
    ♦x-offset 1 pixels
    ♦y-offset 1 pixels
    ♦Transparency 25%
    ♦Shadow size 100%
    ♦Soft edge 2 pixels
    Then click OK and then press the Enter key to deselect.
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Part Two - the frame

  1. Grab your Path tool again and change back to 2D. This time choose Frame shape Fr48. If you don't have this shape you can download it by clicking here. You will need to unzip it then open it in PI. Once open you can drag it to your Easy Palette and store it in "My Library". Then you can find it when you choose Custom Shape/My Library/Fr48
  1. Now hold down the Shift key and draw your frame diagonally from top left to bottom right across your image. This will make it come out as a square which is the shape of your image. Do not try to center it and don't try to make it fit the entire space. You need room for the effect to work.
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  1. Right click on your newly drawn frame and choose Arrange/Bring to Top. If you don't your frame will seem to disappear when you go to the next steps. You need it to be at the topmost layer for the cut out effect to work.
    If you forgot to change back to 2D before drawing the frame you won't see Bring to Top, but you can bring it up one layer. Right click again and you will be able to Bring to Top.
  1. Repeat Steps 4-9 above.

Part Three - The Text

For the text you can't repeat the shadows with the same settings. The area you are cutting out is to narrow for it to work. So please follow the steps below with the new settings.
  1. Grab your Text tool and choose the Comic Sans MN font. Set up as follows:
    ♦ Any Color
    ♦ Size 32 Pixels
    ♦ Style Bold
    ♦ Align Center
    ♦ 2D Object
    ♦ No Border
    ♦ No Shadow
  1. Now Click in the center cut out area and type Cut and Enter, then Me and Enter and then Out.
    Do not deselect your text.
  1. Right click and choose Align/Center Both.
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  1. With the Text Tool active and change the mode from 2D Object to Selection.
    ♦ Right click choose Invert.
    ♦ Right click again and convert to Object.
  1. Go to Object/Shadow again, but with the following settings:
    ♦ Color White
    ♦ Shadow direction - Up and to the Left
    ♦x-offset 2 pixels
    ♦y-offset 2 pixels
    ♦Transparency 25%
    ♦Shadow size 100%
    ♦Soft edge 2 pixels
    Then click OK.
  1. Right Click and choose Split Shadow.
  1. Go to Object/Shadow again, but with the following settings:
    ♦ Color Black
    ♦ Accept the Default setting. Then click OK and then press the Enter key to deselect.


    Feel free to merge all at this time before you optimize and save. You can also crop it to make it smaller if you have a large amount of edge beyond your border frame.
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