[Video Tutorial] How to replace the background in a Portrait photo

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2019-02-13 15:50:25

Pixelmator Pro opens any photos taken in Portrait mode together with a handy layer mask. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how you can quickly replace the background in a Portrait photo.

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2019-02-14 00:39:46

I am really happy with the speed of useful updates
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2019-02-14 14:43:45

by ResLes 2019-02-14 00:39:46 I am really happy with the speed of useful updates
I wish you could see some of the awesome stuff in the pipeline as well — this year is going to be huge for Pixelmator Pro!
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2019-04-21 17:06:13

Hi,
I've tried exactly the same as in the tutorial VDO but i couldn't change the background. Why is that?
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2019-04-23 07:47:49

Hey Tammy, at which point do you get stuck? Do you see a layer mask in the image you open?
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2019-05-04 06:54:54

Thanks for uploading the tutorial.
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2019-05-19 17:33:05

I seem to have the same problem. I follow the steps exactly, but when I get to "shift click the layer mask" nothing happens.
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2019-05-19 17:39:42

Okay. I figured it out. The background image inserted has to be a jpeg (or at least not a png. Sorry about that.
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2019-05-20 08:05:54

No worries, glad to hear you got to the bottom of this!
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2019-05-21 21:41:29

I have a problem with this When I open portrait foto it doesn't have a mask.
What format should the picture be? Does this function work on the trial version? I try everything and I am frustrated, it looks so easy...
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2019-05-21 22:35:44

Hi dbeton.
As far as I am aware the trial version has all the features of the equivalent purchased version. To get the background mask I have to import the image with File > New from Photos... (tip: all the Portrait images are in Albums > Portrait).
I'm guessing that the macOS strips out some data when dragging and dropping to allow compatibility with a wider variety of apps.
Hope this helps.
- Stef.
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2019-05-22 08:51:42

Thank you for help, I was dragging photos. Now it all works!
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2019-05-23 11:56:40

Well ... I try and try and try. It does not work. I have my photo (in Photos/Macbook Pro, latest software), taken in portrait mode on my iPhoneXr (latest software). In Photos I right-click "Edit with ... Pixelmator Pro". The photo open in Pixelmator Pro. To the left I see my portrait and the grey mask as a layer. I drop another photo on Pixelmator Pro, it shows a a new layer on the left, on top. I drag it down and below the portrait, click the grey mask ... and nothing. What am I doing wrong ?
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2019-05-23 11:58:47

by indyelvis 2019-05-22 21:00:00 Well ... I try and try and try. It does not work. I have my photo (in Photos/Macbook Pro, latest software), taken in portrait mode on my iPhoneXr (latest software). In Photos I right-click "Edit with ... Pixelmator Pro". The photo open in Pixelmator Pro. To the left I see my portrait and the grey mask as a layer. I drop another photo on Pixelmator Pro, it shows a a new layer on the left, on top. I drag it down and below the portrait, click the grey mask ... and nothing. What am I doing wrong ?
Are you clicking the grey mask while holding down the Shift key? If not, you'll need to use the Shift-click method — that's the shortcut for enabling and disabling masks.

Another way to enable a mask is by Control-clicking it and choosing Enable Mask from the shortcut menu.
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2019-05-23 12:08:36

by Andrius 2019-05-23 09:59:37
Are you clicking the grey mask while holding down the Shift key? If not, you'll need to use the Shift-click method — that's the shortcut for enabling and disabling masks.

Another way to enable a mask is by Control-clicking it and choosing Enable Mask from the shortcut menu.
And there we go
Thank you!! That's it! Shift-click did the trick!!
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2019-05-23 12:12:57

by indyelvis 2019-05-23 09:09:48
And there we go
Thank you!! That's it! Shift-click did the trick!!
Yaaay!
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2019-10-04 19:09:39

Nothing works for me. I made sure I imported from photos a JPEG file. I tried shift clicking the mask. Nothing. I tried control clicking the top layer and said to enable mask. Nothing. So frustrating.