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Masking image in Indesign

Aug 7, 2012 8:01 AM

Tags: #masking

Hi there,


I searched the web about masking object in ID, but the way I found seems a bit odd, so I feel there has to be some other, elegant way... Just additional info: I do package for socks.



What I have:
Plain imported PSD: paper texture.


IMG 01



Shape of the final cut area in Ai format:


IMG 02



What I want:

I need to mask this imported file following the shape which I have in the Ai-file. Result should look like this:


IMG 03



So I realized, that the only way is to group the texture and the vector shape, put the shape abowe the texture, turn opacity of the shape to 0% and apply the Knockout effect on the entire group. But the result looks like vector shape determines, where the rexture will NOT be visible. So I miss there some Invert option.


IMG 04



The only solution I found is this disgusting recipe:


1} Go to Illustrator, set the fill of the object to none and the outer outline to 500 pt:


IMG 05



2} I had to precisely adjust the bounding frame of the paper texture PSD to prevent overflow.


3} Now the result looks finally like IMG 03, but I spent lots more time on masking comparing to Ps or Ai and the way I got there seems a bit odd to me. Especially the "solution" which you can see on IMG 05



Thanks for your comments in advance guys. I hope for some elegant solution!




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