Garry Bradley wrote:
> I've got a vector image that I've applied a drop shadow to, I've then used a
> mask on it to square it off but unfortunately the drop shadow follows the mask
> after applying.
> Is there any way the mask can cut off the the drop shadow effect as well?
It's pretty hard to guess what it looks like from your description. Can
you upload a copy of your document to a website where we can see it?
Linda Rathgeber - Adobe Community Expert
For a quick and dirty fix you could flatten the image with the drop shadow. Just select the image and go to Modify > Flatten Selection. You can then apply your mask to the new flat image with the drop shadow.
This is "destructive", and thus you'll no longer be able to remove the drop shadow. I however never let the software get in the way of my creative flow and apply this technique more often than I probably should.
I wish Fireworks wasn't just a set of 'quick and dirty workarounds' and actually had some features that worked as expected
Pardon? Fireworks is full of features that are not "workarounds" including features like mulitple pages for web site protoyping, symbols for asset management and a variety of export workflows to meet a variety of uses.
As to the topic of this post:
Group the vector that contains the shadow.
Draw the vector which will act as the mask.
Cut the mask shape from the canvas
Select the original shape and choose Edit > Paste as Mask.
The drop shadow remians applied to the orginal vector, not the mask
Ah, so grouping the vector with the shadow applied is the method, very handy to know, thanks!
FW definately has a few nice features, namely the ones you've listed. Shame about the rest of the app However admitedly this is simply a case of a workflow difference between PS and FW, so I'll retract my previous comment in light of this new information.
Wow awesome, learn something new every day about this app.