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    Default Image using opacity mask

    I was just having a quick catchup on the forum and Acornís post, 'fancy corners with masks' caught my eye.

    Obviously it's a shame corner styles are not fully implemented as with other vector apps, but it did get me wondering if I had ever used an opacity mask in the past.

    It turns out I had, back in 2019 for the image below. At the time I even made margin notes, but when it came to that crucial step, I just wrote 'apply opacity mask'!

    Anyhoo, for the first time in weeks I fired up my Windows laptop and Xara and reversed engineered the drawing to see if I could work out how I did it.

    Basically I used the mask painter tool to 'erase' areas, converting the masked area to an opacity mask (keyboard shortcut 'O').

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    Jon (Jono) Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 19.0.0.64291 DL x64 May 03 2022

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    Default Re: Image using opacity mask

    one is tempted to say 'good shot'... but one had probably better not...

    I really do like that image jono, and the way you made it; so nice to see that kind of use still posted up on these forums

    oh btw welcome back
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    Default Re: Image using opacity mask

    @Jon, very, very inventive.
    I like the cowboy on the bullet, very Dr Strangelove.

    I'm not sure how you managed the sphere. A Circular Enveloped doesn't cut it so I'm guessing you included another filter.

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    Default Re: Image using opacity mask

    Cool idea adding production notes. I need to start doing that. I totally forget what I have done on older images, if I ever did know.

    Acorn - I had a method of apply masks, which apropos of my first comment I have forgotten but it could product a similar fish-eye distortion.

    Attached is an example done in 1999.
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    Default Re: Image using opacity mask

    certainly looks like it might be the magix fisheye live effect
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    Default Re: Image using opacity mask

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonopen View Post
    I was just having a quick catchup on the forum and Acornís post, 'fancy corners with masks' caught my eye.

    Obviously it's a shame corner styles are not fully implemented as with other vector apps, but it did get me wondering if I had ever used an opacity mask in the past.

    It turns out I had, back in 2019 for the image below. At the time I even made margin notes, but when it came to that crucial step, I just wrote 'apply opacity mask'!

    Anyhoo, for the first time in weeks I fired up my Windows laptop and Xara and reversed engineered the drawing to see if I could work out how I did it.

    Basically I used the mask painter tool to 'erase' areas, converting the masked area to an opacity mask (keyboard shortcut 'O').

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    Looks great Jono thanks, good idea using margin notes as to how you did it, I had done something in the past I just didn't use margin notes just an how I did it file.
    Larry a.k.a wizard509

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    Default Re: Image using opacity mask

    Thanks all for nice comments

    @handrawn "welcome back" made me grin

    @Acorn and @handrawn, yes, I used the Deformation Filter --> Fish Eye Perspective for the sphere.

    @GWP - Production notes. Unfortunately I've not always made them. That's a great image from 1999!

    @Larry - Thanks. It's scary how quickly I forget the small details. I guess it's also down to what you've got going on in your life at the same time.
    Jon (Jono) Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 19.0.0.64291 DL x64 May 03 2022

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    Default Re: Image using opacity mask

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonopen View Post
    @Larry - Thanks. It's scary how quickly I forget the small details. I guess it's also down to what you've got going on in your life at the same time.
    Yeah, I know what you mean.
    Larry a.k.a wizard509

    Never give up. You will never fail, but you may find a lot of ways that don't work.

 

 

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