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Lesson 4. Advanced Masking > Masking a simple path

Masking a simple path

Now you’ll create a mask using a simple drawn shape.

1.
In the Layers palette, click the Lock column to the left of the Type layer to lock it and protect it from changes. Make sure that the Butterfly layer is selected.

2.
Choose File > Place, select the Bark.psd file, located in the Lessons/Lesson04/04AI folder on your hard drive, and click Place.

3.
With the image still selected, choose Object > Arrange > Send to Back.

You can use the Layers palette to arrange the painting order of your artwork instead of the menu. In this case, simply drag the Bark image thumbnail down below the (body) path thumbnail in the Layers palette.



4.
If necessary, use the selection tool to move the image so that the entire butterfly body shape falls within the bark image area.

5.
Using the selection tool, Shift-click the bark image and the butterfly body so that both are selected. Choose Object > Clipping Mask > Make.

6.
Select the direct-selection tool from the toolbox and click in a blank area of the artwork to deselect the masked image.

7.
Now click within the bounding box of the placed image (some of it is now invisible) to select it without the mask.

8.
Reposition the bark image until you like the way it falls within the mask shape. Once you are satisfied with the effect, deselect the image.

9.
In the Layers palette, click the Lock column next to the Butterfly layer to lock it.

10.
Save the file.

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