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Lesson 15. Animating GIF Images for the ... > Using vector masks to create animati...

Using vector masks to create animations

The last part of this lesson deals with masks, as they apply to animations. You will use a vector mask to create the effect of an ocean wave rising and falling inside the characters of the word Waves. The vector mask will partially block the Wave layer so that the ocean appears only inside the word, and then you’ll use position changes to define the frames of the animation.

1.
Choose File > Open, and open the Waves.psd file from the Lessons/Lesson15 folder.

2.
In the Layers palette, make sure that all the layers are visible. If not, click the visibility boxes so that eye icons appear for each of the layers.

3.
In the Layers palette, select the Wave layer.

4.
Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and move the pointer (without clicking) over the solid line dividing the Wave and Text layers in the Layers palette until the pointer changes to two overlapping circles (). Then click the dividing line between the layers to link the two layers together.

Notice that the waves now appear masked by the logo text. A downward-pointing arrow () appears in front of the Wave layer name and thumbnail in the Layers palette, indicating that the layer is grouped with the layer below.


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