Creating opacity masks


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Creating opacity masks

In Illustrator, we know that we can clip the contents inside of a vector path by using a mask. However, we are always dealing with a vector path that becomes that mask. As such, your masks will always have clean sharp edges which you might expect out of a vector application, but there may be times when you want to create a mask that has a soft edge to it; either a feathered edge or you want to create some kind of effect like a vignette, for example. In those cases, the vector clipping mask just won't cut it. Well, besides the clipping mask and a layer clipping mask inside of Illustrator, there is also a third type of mask called an opacity mask. In fact, an opacity mask in Illustrator works the exact same way that alpha channels work inside of Photoshop.

So before we actually see the feature here of an opacity mask inside of Illustrator, let's hop over to Photoshop for a second and see exactly what an alpha channel is. Now I have a photograph here inside of Photoshop and I have...

Creating opacity masks
Video duration: 8m 32s 9h 42m Intermediate

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Creating opacity masks provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Mordy Golding as part of the Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics

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Design
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Illustrator
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