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Exploring on your own

Now that you know how to place and mask an image in an Illustrator file, you can place other images and apply a variety of modifications to the images. You can also create masks for images from objects you create in Illustrator. For more practice, try the following:

  • Repeat the lesson using the Chess2.psd image in place of the Chess.psd image. In addition to adjusting color in the copies of the image, apply transformation effects, such as shearing or rotating, or filters or effects, such as one of the Artistic or Distort filters/effects, to create contrast between the two images in the checkerboard pattern.

  • Use the basic shapes tools or the drawing tools to draw objects to create a compound path to use as a mask. Then place the Chess.psd image into the file with the compound path, and apply the compound path as a mask.

  • Create large type and use the type as a mask to mask a placed object.


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