By: Jim Babbage on Thursday, May 5, 2005
If you've read many of my articles, you've probably heard me rant and rave about the power and flexibility of using masks while working in Fireworks. In this tutorial, I want to show you how to create and edit a bitmap mask, and drop in in new background behind the masked object.
Bitmap masks can be created using either another bitmap image or a bitmap selection. In this particular example, we'll be using a bitmap selection to mask the background of an image. I'll show you how easy it can be to create a bitmap mask, and adjust it to suit your needs.
This type of masking has many uses. It comes in very handy if - for example - you are working on a catalogue site and need to have all the products on an identical background. Another situation might be a scenic photo that was shot on a drab, overcast day. wouldn't it be great if you could replace that nondescript grey sky with a bright blue one with fluffy clouds? Well, you can with masking, and keep everything editable in case you change your mind later (or find a better sky).
Purchase this item
You can purchase this piece of content separately for $3.00
Community MX members get unlimited access to daily articles, tutorials, extensions and support. The most comprehensive resource for Macromedia designers and developers today. Take a tour of what we offer, and discover the benefits of subscribing.
Already a member?
Simply log in using the form in the top right area of the site.