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Lesson 4. Advanced Masking

Lesson 4. Advanced Masking

By Luanne Seymour Cohen

Masking uses a shape to cut away parts that you don’t want—like a cookie cutter. Masking in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop produces similar results, but follows different methods. In Illustrator, creating the mask is straightforward, and the mask can be edited at any time. In Photoshop, creating a mask can be more involved—especially if you want to mask something with textured edges.

In this lesson, you’ll create two separate pieces of artwork as you experiment with masking.

In Adobe Photoshop, you’ll learn how to do the following:

  • Duplicate a channel to create a foundation for a mask.

  • Combine selection methods to complete the mask.

  • Use the pen tool to make a layer mask.

  • Create a layer mask from a selection.

  • Make a knockout mask with outlined type.

  • Put the image together with layers, transformations, and text.

In Adobe Illustrator, you’ll learn how to do the following:

  • Use compound paths with masks.

  • Edit a mask.

  • Combine an opacity mask with a compound mask.

This lesson will take about 1-1/2 hours to complete.

If needed, remove the previous lesson folder from your hard drive, and copy the Lesson04 folder onto it.

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