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Chapter 9. Masking Effects > Softening the Mask for Simple Shapes

Softening the Mask for Simple Shapes

Masks in Flash can’t use gradients. They are, by default, opaque. If you want a soft edge around your masked image, you have to fake it. You fake it by using a gradient (Window > Panels > Fill > Linear or Radial Gradient) in the shape of your mask either above the masking layer or in the stack of layers being masked.

The most effective gradient to apply is the one that meets the following criteria:


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