ezonice wrote: The tutorial is using PhotoShop. How does this work in elements? How do you do a quick mask?
Here is how I would do it in Elements. This effect is based on the distortion effect on the inner black rectangle. Once you have achieved your effect, you want to erase the white parts on the border.
1- add a levels adjustment layer (any kind of adjustment layer with a mask will work the same)
2- The layer mask is on the right of the levels icon: to bring it in the workspace, Alt click within the mask and you have a white screen. Draw your rectangle and fill it with black. Deselect (Ctrl D)
3- run the filter as explained in the video
4 - with the magic wand (with continuous not checked) select a white part, you'll see the marching ants
5 - click on your layer underneath and then menu edit/fill selection with white.
6 - the adjustment layer and its mask can then be deleted.
To answer your question, there is no quick mask in Elements (I'll have to check the add-on Elements plus by Andrei Dubrowski, I think he has one). The usual ways to work with masks in Elements with regular layers is to use third-party add-ons (Grant, Grafi, Hiddenelements...) or to hijack an adjustment layer mask. This has been explained in the forum, if someone need this, please ask).