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Chapter 13. Getting Creative with Type > Using Masks to Generate Special Effect...

Using Masks to Generate Special Effects

Using Type masks to generate unique fills or three-dimensional text are great features. However, one thing is always predictable, and that's the shape of the text. The mask created with the Type Mask tool will always follow the curve and shape of the font used to create the mask; but not if you combine a Type Mask with a Layer Mask. For example, you create a marketing piece where you are using the words RADICAL, and you want the edges of the word to be more dramatic. You've looked at some of Photoshop's Brush Stroke Filters, but you don't want to apply the filter to the image, just the edges of the word. That's where Type masks and Layer masks do their magic. By combining a Type and Layer mask, you can achieve exactly what you want using an image to fill type, and modifying the edges of the type without distorting the image.


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