Using image pixels as an opacity mask


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Using image pixels as an opacity mask

Until this point we've been creating our opacity mask in a very specific way. We've been taking artwork and then we take some other kind of vector shape, be it a circle with a Gaussian blur or maybe a rectangle that has a gradient applied to it, and we've been using that vector shape as an opacity mask. However, it's important to realize again that an opacity mask is simply using the different gray levels to create the mask itself. So we're not limited to actually using vector shapes for masks. We can actually use an image as an opacity mask.

In that case, the image or I should say the pixels inside of that image determine the visibility of the artwork that appears beneath it. Now in the past we've taken for example an image and put a vector shape on top of it so when we make an opacity mask the top object becomes the mask, but if we reverse the order and we put the image on top and the vectors on bottom, then it's the image that becomes the opacity mask for...

Using image pixels as an opacity mask
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Using image pixels as an opacity mask provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Mordy Golding as part of the Illustrator Insider Training: Seeing Through Transparency

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