Now and then, you may want to apply an effect to only a portion of an image rather than the entire picture. This can be accomplished using layers and masks. The process is essentially to duplicate the background layer, apply the effect to the duplicate layer, and mask the portion of the image where you don’t want the effect to apply.
A frequently seen photo effect is to have a brightly colored object in an otherwise desaturated image. You will often seen this in ads where everything but the product is desaturated, making the product ‘pop out’. This selective color pop effect can be generated fairly easily using layers and careful selection in Pixelmator.
In this Pixelmator 2 tutorial you will learn a quick and easy way to give your typography an ink-stamp-style effect that originated from the old letterpress style printing technique. As a bonus, you will also learn how to accomplish the result of pasting a selection into a layer mask.