Inverse Clipping Mask?


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I've used a clipping mask to obtain the top ribbon, but I was wondering how I could get the same effect with the bottom ribbon, where the ribbon is filled in with the horizontal lines.

Thanks in advance, Michael

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10/21/2013 8:01:00 PM

Accepted Answer

I think what you are asking is how to get the squiggly lines in the ribbon.

One way you could do it is..

  • Select the layer with the squiggly lines.
  • Ctrl+Click on the layer with your ribbon (the one you want the pattern on).
  • On your layer window/tab, click on the "Add layer mask" button.

This is the most simplest way I can think of doing it. But if you wanted the squiggly lines to bend with your ribbon, that's going to take some work.

To align the pattern with the arch of the ribbon..

  • -Divide the ribbon in half, vertically( so you have left and right pieces). Delete one half and keep the other.
  • Select your squiggly line layer. Go to Edit > Transform > Warp
  • Play around with warping the lines until you get your desired effect.
  • Follow masking instructions from above.
  • Duplicate the layers to create a mirrored half.

If you follow the above, you will notice that your mirrored squiggly lines may not look too great. If you are up for the challenge, I suggest you try warping the entire squiggly line layer to fit the curve of your ribbon.

I hope this was helpful. Good luck.

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10/22/2013 2:29:00 AM

To answer the title of creating an "inverse clipping mask" .. you do this by:

  1. selecting your two objects (traditionally the clipping mask is the layer above the object to clip)
  2. open your pathfinder panel (Window -> Pathfinder or Shift - Ctrl/Command - F9)
  3. press the option/alt key and click the Minus Front (2nd Shape Mode icon) at the same time

This creates a compound path with the mask shape as an inverse clipping mask.


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