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Lesson 4. Advanced Masking > Exploring on your own

Exploring on your own

Try these techniques to learn more about making masks:

  • Create a type mask without turning the type into outlines. This lets you continue to edit the type, and change the typeface or size while you create your design.

  • Use only the Illustrator Layers palette to arrange, select, and create clipping masks.

  • Fill or stroke a mask by using the direct-selection tool to select the mask shape, and then using the Color palette to apply a stroke or fill as desired.

  • In Illustrator, if you want to mask several objects with one mask, place those objects on the same layer and move the masking shape to the top of the layer. Then select the layer name and choose Object > Clipping Mask > Make. All the objects in that layer will be masked by the top object.

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