• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 15. Collage > Vector Masks

Vector Masks

Vector Masks allow you to attach a crisp-edged path to a layer; anything outside of the path will be hidden both on-screen and when printed. This feature is special because the edge will remain smooth when printed to a PostScript printer, even if the pixels in the image are so large that the rest of the image appears jaggy.

Sample Use: You're doing a freebie brochure for your nonprofit client, Defenders of the Naked Mole Rat. They want the rat to be the most noticeable image on the cover, so you make their logo small and place it in the corner so it doesn't distract from the lovely rat. But at the last minute (of course!), your penniless client does an about-face and wants you to enlarge the logo to make it almost fill the page. You're tired of doing things for free and fed up with her endless requests, so you tell the client that scaling up the logo that large is a big request when it comes to Photoshop. You even demonstrate your point by scaling one of the photographic elements of the brochure up to a huge size, and of course it looks terrible—very blurry and jaggy. She squeezes out a few tears and gives you her song and dance about the plight of this dear little creature, and how crucial it is to have this brochure just right. You tell her that you'll work on it through the night, and send her on her way. The minute she's out the door, you scale up the logo in a millisecond, and because you used a Vector Mask, the edge remains perfectly crisp and will print that way as well. The job is done. The Naked Mole Rat lives on; unfortunately, since you're so good, the client will never go away.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint