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  • Use Multiple Masks For Position Path

    Posted by Chris Vile on November 2, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    Dear Creative Cows,

    its been a long time since I used this effect (since CS6 tbh) and I dont really remember 100% how I did it, or better said – I believe it was much easier back in the days…

    The effect I want to create is a pen milling a text (whole sentence) out of a plate.

    I need to do a simple stroke path (write-on) effect on a text and connect a pen to the actual (end) position of the stroke. Whats been easy is the method to draw a (only one) shape with the pen tool as alpha matte on a separate layer with stroke effect, set start and end, use as matte, done.

    BUT now I have a very complex outline text, for which I did an auto trace to get my masks from. So far so good. but when I copy/paste those 180 mask paths now onto the position of my pen layer I just get those masks copied and no path on the position.

    I tried to create shapes out of the text and animate the trim path sequencially but now I cannot copy the path to the pen position^^

    Could anybody please be so kind and tell me what am I doing wrong?

    I remember that this was a very simple solution but now somehow I dont get it running in CC 2024.

    Thank you, cheers


    Hector Vera
    replied 4 weeks ago
    2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Hector Vera

    November 6, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    So the layer masks has changed a lot since CS6 I see, I remember using them quite a lot in Photoshop and layer masks still works almost the same way as back then. Not sure if this video would help but its a proper tutorial of doing multiple masks in the layers:

    This tutorial should give you an idea at least on what you are looking for! Good luck!

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