Illustrator CS5 Essentials: Define Masks with Soft Edges


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Defining masks with soft edges

So we've explored, inside of Illustrator, how to create things like clipping masks, which allow you to hide portions of a piece of artwork. However, in all these cases, the masks themselves have hard, or sharp edges just like vectors do. However, there may be plenty of times when you want a mask to have a soft edge, something like a feather that you might be able to apply, for example, in Photoshop. Well, you can actually use those kinds of soft objects here inside of Illustrator as a mask. But you have to apply them somewhat differently using a different type of a mask called an Opacity mask.

Let's take a quick look at two examples of how Opacity masks can be valuable inside of Illustrator. Let's begin by first creating some kind of a circle here, and rather than just mask this in a regular circle, we want to create some kind of a vignette effect where the circle has a soft edge, and the photo slowly fades out over time. I'll start by creating a circle here. I am going to u...

Defining masks with soft edges
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Defining masks with soft edges provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Mordy Golding as part of the Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

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Design
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Illustrator
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