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Using text as a mask

From: Fireworks CS5 Essential Training

Video: Using text as a mask

Text can be used as a mask just like Bitmaps or Vectors can. This makes complete sense, because text is really just another type of vector. So, I've got a file open here. We are going to do a bit of masking with text. Before we get started though, I want to show you the final result. On Page 2 of my design here, I've got my mask text creating a slightly different effect, tying in a Live Filter, and some slightly different positioning for that particular image. We get an interesting look to our design. So, we are going to hop back over to page 1 to actually build this out.

Using text as a mask

Text can be used as a mask just like Bitmaps or Vectors can. This makes complete sense, because text is really just another type of vector. So, I've got a file open here. We are going to do a bit of masking with text. Before we get started though, I want to show you the final result. On Page 2 of my design here, I've got my mask text creating a slightly different effect, tying in a Live Filter, and some slightly different positioning for that particular image. We get an interesting look to our design. So, we are going to hop back over to page 1 to actually build this out.

Now, I've got everything set up for you, all the objects are in place. If you want to build it completely from scratch, all the images that you need are in the Exercise folder. All right. So what we are going to do here is take a look at what we are up against. In the foreground images layer, we've got all of our graphics for our foreground elements, the three photos and the logo. And the background is where we've got our text and two Bitmap images. Now, the two images are exactly the same image. I'll make them both visible. You see if I hide and show one of them, you don't see any difference onscreen. So, we are going to use this text object to mask this bitmap, and then play around with Positioning and Live filters.

So, first thing I want to do is select my text. Now, the text itself has been scaled a little bit vertically, so it looks a little bit more stretched out, and that's the effect I was going for. Again, because it's text, and because the text is basically a vector, I can scale things without any real distortion. Keep in mind I am also looking at this at 50%. So, if I am going to 100 %, text looks pretty crisp. So I'll zoom back out, so we can see the whole thing. So, my text is selected. All I need to do is got to Edit > Cut and remove it completely from the design.

Now, I am going to select my top bitmap. I am going to choose Edit > Paste As Mask, and the text gets dropped in as a mask. Now at the moment, you don't see any difference at all. If we take a look, the mask is obviously there, but because we are dealing with the same image for our mask and for our background. We are not noticing any difference just yet. So, let's start to make this look a little bit different. We are going to go down to our Live Filters, and I am going to choose Shadow and Glow > Drop Shadow. As soon as I do that, all of a sudden things start to stand out a little bit.

We can actually see a shadow edge around the text. So, that's step one in what we are going to do. Step 2 is repositioning the actual image that's part of the mask, so that we get a slightly different texture inside the text itself. As it sits here right now, it actually doesn't look too bad. But I want to try something little bit different with this. So, I am going to select my Pointer tool, and I am going to grab the little control handle in the middle of the Mask Object, and I am going to drag upwards. As I drag upwards, you'll see we are getting a different look.

We are basically moving the photograph, and we are basically repositioning it within the mask. So as we move it around I have to watch they stay fairly centered here, because I am working with the full width of the design. But once I get something that I like, I'll let go over the mouse, and you can see that we get a completely different look to things now. Now, you notice, I didn't move it up quite high enough. I am still seeing the shadow or the reflection of the bird in the water. So, I got to move that a little higher up, so that shadow is gone.

Something like that looks pretty good, and there we go. So, you could see that didn't take very long at all. All we have to do was cut the text from the design, paste it back in as a mask, reposition the photo inside the mask, and we've got a pretty interesting looking design using the same photograph, for both the background and for the mask.

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Fireworks CS5 Essential Training

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Jim Babbage
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  1. 3m 42s
    1. Welcome
      1m 22s
    2. What is Fireworks?
      1m 59s
    3. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 1h 27m
    1. Creating and opening documents
      7m 36s
    2. Understanding the interface
      9m 43s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 18s
    4. Setting up rulers, guides, and grids
      10m 7s
    5. Using tooltips and Smart Guides
      5m 40s
    6. Working with panels
      9m 29s
    7. Working with pages
      8m 59s
    8. Working with layers
      13m 13s
    9. Working with states
      4m 35s
    10. Using the Properties panel
      4m 38s
    11. Using the Preferences panel
      7m 34s
  3. 52m 39s
    1. Understanding the Fireworks PNG format
      2m 11s
    2. Saving and exporting files
      5m 11s
    3. Importing files
      5m 34s
    4. Opening Photoshop files
      6m 7s
    5. Opening Illustrator files
      3m 58s
    6. Exporting a single file
      9m 57s
    7. Using the Image Preview window
      1m 52s
    8. Using the Export Area tool
      3m 10s
    9. Creating PDF files
      4m 16s
    10. Saving Photoshop files
      5m 48s
    11. Using Fireworks files for Illustrator
      4m 35s
  4. 1h 2m
    1. Understanding bitmaps
      1m 32s
    2. Resizing images
      3m 48s
    3. Using the selection tools
      8m 0s
    4. Using the drawing tools
      8m 19s
    5. Retouching with the corrective tools: Rubber Stamp
      12m 16s
    6. Using the bitmap effects tools: Blur, Sharpen, and Replace Color
      7m 33s
    7. Using more bitmap effects tools: Dodge and Burn
      7m 1s
    8. Improving images using the Levels filter
      8m 15s
    9. Creating a bitmap mask with a selection
      6m 2s
  5. 1h 10m
    1. Looking at the vector toolset
      6m 53s
    2. Using the Pen tool
      7m 32s
    3. Editing vector shapes with the Freeform and Reshape Area tools
      4m 35s
    4. Filling shapes with patterns and live filters
      3m 17s
    5. Using Auto Shapes
      7m 24s
    6. Using shapes as image elements
      4m 16s
    7. Scaling shapes
      5m 28s
    8. Masking objects with vector shapes
      7m 13s
    9. Applying strokes
      5m 52s
    10. Using Vector Path and Path Scrubber
      6m 9s
    11. Using the Compound Shape tool
      7m 40s
    12. Using Snap to Pixel
      2m 15s
    13. Using Gradient Dither
      1m 46s
  6. 51m 18s
    1. Understanding symbols
      5m 41s
    2. Creating graphic symbols
      13m 11s
    3. Creating button symbols
      10m 22s
    4. Creating animation symbols
      5m 4s
    5. Sharing symbols with the Common Library
      1m 37s
    6. Editing the instance of a symbol
      3m 46s
    7. Adding component symbols to a design
      8m 46s
    8. Exporting and importing symbols
      2m 51s
  7. 17m 34s
    1. Creating GIF animations
      9m 31s
    2. Animating with Twist and Fade
      3m 47s
    3. Creating a tweened animation
      4m 16s
  8. 26m 46s
    1. Using text in Fireworks
      7m 19s
    2. Understanding text properties
      3m 14s
    3. Adding text in a path
      4m 43s
    4. Adding text to a path
      4m 31s
    5. Using text as a mask
      3m 35s
    6. Maintaining crisp text in web images
      3m 24s
  9. 28m 35s
    1. Having fun with filters
      8m 44s
    2. Working with Styles
      4m 10s
    3. Using Blend Modes
      4m 40s
    4. Converting bitmap selections to paths
      3m 50s
    5. Working with Adobe Swatch Exchange files
      2m 33s
    6. Using the Kuler panel for color inspiration
      4m 38s
  10. 1h 14m
    1. Understanding the web toolset
      1m 51s
    2. Creating hotspots
      6m 22s
    3. Using the Slice tool
      8m 57s
    4. Using a master page
      5m 20s
    5. Sharing layers across pages
      4m 49s
    6. Sharing web layers across pages
      3m 30s
    7. Using HTML component symbols
      3m 15s
    8. Creating choices and showing design options to clients
      7m 7s
    9. Importing pages
      2m 47s
    10. Previewing the mockup
      4m 17s
    11. Using HTML prototyping
      5m 22s
    12. Improving the workflow
      20m 30s
  11. 33m 19s
    1. Optimizing images for export, part 1
      15m 36s
    2. Optimizing images for export, part 2
      13m 36s
    3. Generating a CSS-based layout
      4m 7s
  12. 22m 20s
    1. Integrating Fireworks, FXG, and Flash Catalyst
      3m 56s
    2. Integrating Fireworks and Flash
      3m 46s
    3. Using roundtrip editing between Dreamweaver and Fireworks
      5m 52s
    4. Copying and pasting objects to Dreamweaver
      2m 57s
    5. Integrating Fireworks and Device Central
      4m 13s
    6. Working with Bridge
      1m 36s
  13. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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