2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 13, 2012 10:35 AM by ChristianAaltonen RSS

    Masking image in Indesign

    ChristianAaltonen Community Member

      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

      01_Source.jpg

       

      Shape of the final cut area in Ai format:

       

      IMG 02

      03_Shape.jpg

       

      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

      02_WhatIWant.jpg

       

      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

      04_badResult.jpg

       

      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

      05_finalSolution.jpg

       

      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!

       

      Bye