4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 9, 2007 9:33 PM by MsInnocent

    Masking Text

    MsInnocent Level 1
      Whenever I try to mask text, the outcome always appears transparent. I imported this background http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m186/maybe44_2006/red_blk_feather_design.jpg
      I then created the text over it, selected both objects, went to modify->mask->group as mask. It worked, but it turned out like this
      http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m186/maybe44_2006/Untitled-11.gif

      From what I understand, its not suppose to be so light. I wanted the color strength of the original picture to show through the text. I tried different background pictures, but got the same transparent font. I'm probably missing something thats right in front of my face, but i just can't see it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks :)
        • 1. Re: Masking Text
          Level 7
          MsInnocent wrote:
          > Whenever I try to mask text, the outcome always appears transparent. I imported
          > this background
          > http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m186/maybe44_2006/red_blk_feather_design.jpg
          > I then created the text over it, selected both objects, went to
          > modify->mask->group as mask. It worked, but it turned out like this
          > http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m186/maybe44_2006/Untitled-11.gif
          >
          > From what I understand, its not suppose to be so light. I wanted the color
          > strength of the original picture to show through the text. I tried different
          > background pictures, but got the same transparent font. I'm probably missing
          > something thats right in front of my face, but i just can't see it. Any help
          > would be appreciated. Thanks :)
          >
          >

          MsInnocent,
          It just looks like your text was a color other than white.

          SKB
          • 2. Re: Masking Text
            MsInnocent Level 1
            I know thats what it looks like, but if you look closely enough you will see the design is actually there. But thats what i am trying to fix, i don't want it to where you can barely see the design.
            • 3. Re: Masking Text
              abeall Level 3
              What he means is you have to set the Text color to white before you use it as a mask. The deal with masking, at least grayscale masking, is that it interprets the luminance of a color to transparency. In other words, something black means fully transparent, something white means fully solid, and all values in between are varying degrees of semi-transparency, like you have.

              The solution is either:

              1) Set your text color to be white before using it as a mask

              or

              2) Select the mask thumbnail in the Layers panel, then look in the Propeties panel. "Grayscale appearence" is selected. Instead, select "Path outline". This will use the outline of the text rather than rely on grayscale color, which is more what you were expecting.

              Hope that helps!
              • 4. Re: Masking Text
                MsInnocent Level 1
                Ohhh ok, yea it works perfectly now. Thanks alot :D