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Using Paths as Masks

You’ve learned how to add bitmaps as masks to other bitmaps. You can also use path objects as masks in much the same way. A mask selectively shows or hides the object or group being masked. You can use path or text objects to mask bitmaps, paths, text, or groups. You can also use grayscale or alpha-channel bitmaps to mask paths, text, or groups just like you would mask a bitmap.

To use a path as a mask, draw or paste the path over the objects you would like to mask. Make sure the path you intend to mask with is the topmost object. Now use Shift+click to select the masking path and all the objects you would like to mask with the Pointer tool. From the Mask commands on the Modify menu, select Group as Mask. In the topmost object, areas within the path outline (the area covered by the mask’s fill) will be visible. Areas outside it will not.


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