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Chapter 15. Collage > Vector Masks

Vector Masks

Vector Masks allow you to control which area of a layer will be visible, by using an easily editable, smooth-shaped, crisp-edged path. By the time they make it to your computer screen, all photographs are made out of pixels, and the resolution of the file determines how large the pixels will be when printed. If those pixels are large enough, the image will appear jaggy when printed. But with Vector Masks, you can create a very low resolution (read: jaggy) image and still get a smooth-shaped, crisp-edged transition between the content of a layer and the underlying image.


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