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How to Create a Blurred Edge Mask in Illustrator

There are two types of digital artists out there, artists who think in Vector and everybody else. I tend to land more in the everybody else category. As a traditionally trained artist, vector doesn’t always make sense. It always feels like it’s a step or two away. I want this so I have to do that to get to that to get to my result. It’s a little like learning to speak a second language. You know what you want to say but you have to translate it in your head first before it makes sense. Earlier this week I was working with a client who needed a soft edge crop. Normally I’d go to Photoshop for something like that because it’s just such a simple thing, but my client insisted the image remain in vector.

Don’t get me wrong when it comes to vector I know what I’m doing. A good portion of the work I do professionally is done in vector. I love the results it gives me but admittedly there are times when it’s a bit of a struggle. I guess for me bitmap just feels more intuitive. That’s why when I came across this request I was a bit stumped. I knew how to produce a soft edged shapes and I knew how to create a mask I just didn’t remember how to put the two together. I got in touch with a good friend of mine who walked me through it. Oddly there is very little information online dealing directly with the blurred edge vector mask so I decided it was time someone stepped up to the plate and changed that. This weeks video is short and sweet. I’ll walk you through the entire process in just a little over 3 minutes. I hope you like the video and find it useful. If you did please share it with a friend.

Until next week thanks for joining me and keep on keeping on.


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