Masking Object with Other Objects within the SAi FlexiPRINT RTUV 22 Software (Part 5)

flexiprint masking object

With the number five on our Arrangement list of features, we have the famous Masking tool available.

This is one of those intimidating features, but once you understand how it works it will be a walk in the park.

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Hi there, guys. In today's video, we're gonna be looking at the masking tool with flexi print. But before that, let's have a quick intro first. So today's video can be found on softwaretraining.co.za. co dot Z A. We make short and easy to watch problem solving videos and we also have daily updates. Now, if we're heading to the programme But like I mentioned, we're gonna be looking at masking This is specially used on objects and, um, just quickly cover what the basics of masking is. So what will happen is you can use one shape or object to mask out another. Now, um, the order of stacking is quite important. So if I have this tool, OK, this, uh, M it's just a text tool. I put it here, or a text. I object. Then what will happen is this, uh, blue will only show or reveal wherever this M is located. If I had to change the order and then the M will only show where the blue is located now, it can be confusing at first, but, um, the general rule is especially with masking the object on top will kind of become the window that the back object shows through. So all this blue will be removed, and it'll only reveal this object through where the M is. So obviously as we can see, the back object curves around here. So we're not gonna get anything over here. The blue is only gonna reveal where it overlaps, and in general, how masking normally works. It's slightly different year, but that will be with, um, uh, value, which means black to white and greys in between. So the general rule is black will be transparent, white will be fully, uh, visible. And then anything in between will be setting the opacity. So it's good to understand where it comes from, but in flexi print, it works with layer hierarchy or whichever layer is highest on the stacking order. So let's quickly try this. I'm gonna grab this and scale it up a bit. So then two maskers. Obviously, we need both the or the objects selected we wanna mask. Then what we can do. The easiest way is simply right. Click this and then we wanna go right to the bottom of this drop down menu and we can click mask or what we can do is we click on a range on top then, um, let's fix our zoom there. And then we're gonna go down to mask go right, And then we see we've got mask. Here you'll go to the same place to unmask and also to unhide or so forth. Another thing worth noting is once we've mastered, So if I click here now, it treats it as a single object. So you can see there. We cannot move the mask and the shape individually. It sees it as one so very handy. Now, keep in mind also, let's say I'm gonna quickly just unmask this. Then let's say this back shape had a stroke. So let's add a stroke to this. And then, um, it's gonna scale it up. So it's more obvious. Then, if we had to select these two, we mask it. Now I can see the stroke is visible, but it is only visible within where the shape overlaps. So obviously the mask is not gonna carry on over here. I mean the stroke, because the back shape, which we are masking, has a stroke right around. So just keep that in mind. If you are working with, uh, strokes and so forth that it is not going to follow along the actual shape. We can obviously reverse this so I can throw this layer at the back, and then when we mask it, it's gonna use the circle as the mask and only gonna reveal the M wherever the circle is. So, uh, let's try that again. We're gonna right click go mask. Now you can see we've got the actual circle there. I mean, the the actual M only revealing through it at first, it can be a bit confusing using mask. I know the first time I use mask. I was like, OK, now I'm very confused, but, uh, yeah, I play with it and you'll see it's a very handy tool at the end. And like I said in flexi, the important thing to remember is the layer stacking. So just make sure whatever you wanna, um, become your window, you obviously have front, and the object behind will be looking through the window and you'll only see the part of that object wherever that window is located. But yeah, otherwise that is it on masking. Meanwhile, if we head you to softwaretraining.co.za. co dot Z A. You guys will notice We've got a variety of different Softwares we do cover. And you can also isolate your search here on the top, right? If you do not, however, find the training videos you're looking for, just simply go. Yeah, request the training video, fill in the meaning form. And then we'll do our best to try and make that for you. But otherwise thanks, guys, for watching and cheers.

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