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Tip 7: Using Masks - Technique 2

In the Previous Tip, we showed you one technique for using masks, in this tip, we'll show you another.

The last tip is all well and good, but what if you want to create a mask that masks out some vectors or other objects on the surface of one of your sides?

As with the Previous Tip, I will explain how to do this tip using the Paint accessory that ships with Windows (you'll find it on your Start menu most likely under Programs/Accessories), but you can do the same trick using other paint programs too (although exact details of menu options etc., may differ).
  1. Start by preparing the side that you want to make in CoverFactory:



    In this example, I have created a side containing a number of vector ellipses of various sizes.

  2. Prepare your mask in Paint:



    Now draw the mask in Paint. Everything that should be transparent (in my example, the text) needs to be the same color (in my example, Blue) - and that color must not be used elsewhere in the mask.

    When the mask is ready click Select All then Copy (both options are on the Edit menu).

  3. Paste the mask into CoverFactory:



    Switch back to CoverFactory, and select Paste on the Edit menu.

  4. Make the mask transparent:



    Click Properties... on the Edit menu, and make the mask Transparent with the correct color selected for transparency (in my example, Blue).

  5. Hey presto!



    The mask is not being used to mask out the text.

  6. Note: It doesn't matter that my mask is slightly large that the front cover, as the extra bits will be clipped of when the final image is rendered:



    And here's what this particular cover looks like after I do Render To File...:



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