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    Default Transparency using brushes

    Hello folks. I want to add a grunge edge to an image. In another product, I just select eraser and then select the brush I want. Then, whetever I click, it creates transparency. (Irregular pattern rather than solid transparency). Can I do the same in xara designer pro x19?

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    Default Re: Transparency using brushes

    there are some experts in xara who may know a way.. but that is such a straight forward thing to do in a raster app that has true airbrushes that I would not bother in xara, because I see it as being more work

    still see what others come up with ...
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    Default Re: Transparency using brushes

    Perhaps, you are thinking about Soft Erase; https://helpandsupport.xara.com/xara...erase%20eraser.
    You might also try the Shape Painter > Warp setting beforehand.

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    Default Re: Transparency using brushes

    will that work with just a click, or do you have to drag ?
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    Default Re: Transparency using brushes

    Looking at soft erase, it looks like it just roughs the edge slightly. I am looking to create an irregular speckled effect where some is transparent, and some isn't. Like a spray can edge. I can upload an image of what I achieved in the other product, but in the mean time, instead of the brush adding colour, it adds transparency (if you get what I mean)

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    Default Re: Transparency using brushes

    know what you maen, easy to do in photoshop, or PTSAI and probably gimp too as I recall, but xara brushes don't work that way afaik
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    Default Re: Transparency using brushes

    You could use a speckled brush to paint into the mask channel of an opacity mask group.

    Sorry, I don't have time to work up an example now but hopefully someone will pick up the challenge!

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    Default Re: Transparency using brushes

    interesting idea Phll....
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    Default Re: Transparency using brushes

    sort of:

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    using a brush with values graduating between black/white should give partial transparency for those values
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    Default Re: Transparency using brushes

    Another way possible is this:

    Step 1
    Choose a brush you like, you could also create your own

    Step 2
    Select it and convert the line of the brush into editable shape

    Step 3
    Select the image and the brush and Subtract Shape (ctrl+2)

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    Marco.

 

 

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