Mask from Dingbat Font
Open a 400 x 400 transparent Image
Materials Palette left click in the Foreground box and choose Color and Black, set White in the
Tools / Flood fill tool / right click on your working layer to fill it with White.
Open your FreeRibbons Dingbat Font there is no need to install it just minimise it.
Materials Palette you will see a Double ended arrow called Swap Materials click on it so that your
Black and White change places.
Tools / Text Tool Big A / Settings: Create as Vector / Direction First / Font FreeRibbons / Size
highlight the number and type in 200 / Stroke Width 0.
Left Click on your Working Layer to open the Text Entry Box and type in a letter I used G then Click
Use the Corner Nodes and drag those outwards to fill your working layer.
Layers Palette right click on the word Vector and Convert to Raster Layer
Layers / Merge All Flatten.
Layers Palette right click on your top layer and choose New Mask Layer / From Image selected.
Add Mask from Image box opens / Source Luminance checked / Invert mask data unchecked / Ok.
Now in your Layers palette you have 3 layers (Group-Raster 1, Mask-Raster 1, and Raster 1)
these make up your Mask
Layers / Load / Save Mask / Save Mask To Disk
A Save To Mask / Save Mask To Disk
A Save Mask To Disk box opens give your Mask a name and click Save
Now your Mask is saved close of your working layer.
Let’s Test it works.......
Open a New 400 x 400 Transparent Image.
Materials Palette choose a nice Color or Gradient.
Tools / Flood fill tool
Fill your new Layer with your Color or Gradient
Layers/ Load/Save Mask/ Load Mask from Disk
Load Mask from Disk box opens use the Dropdown and locate your saved mask
Settings: You’re Mask / source Luminance checked / Fit to canvas checked / Try both the Invert
transparency checked and unchecked to see which version you prefer / hide all mask checked /
Layers / Merge all Flatten
Save as jpeg.
Now you have your Preview to show off how your mask looks