On Thu, May 31, 2007 at 07:00:17PM +0200, Jean-Marc Molina wrote:
Joshua Boyd wrote:
> I would have thought that the Gimp had spline masks by some means, but
> maybe they don't. Or maybe they do but they aren't as editable, or
> aren't savable or something. Using Inkscape to create masks strikes
> me as really clunky, although it is great the someone was able to get
> their work done using it.
The approach is more flexible in Inkscape as a spline remains a spline, a
vector object. In The GIMP or Photoshop you have to convert it to a path,
because they only handle bitmap objects. And once it's drawn, you can't edit
the spline anymore. You have to draw a new one, unless you saved it.
> I wonder if there is a way to add a masking tool like I describe to
> inkscape. I suspect that in the context of vector illustration there
> would be plenty of other uses for it.
But Inkscape supports masks ! You can define a vector object as a mask. For
example use a circle as a mask for a box so it has a hole, a bit like
include/exclude in CAD.
But the tool I described wasn't just a mask. It was a mask with
variation to the feathering around the boundaries. Rather than a fixed
n-pixels of feathering, a second mask controlled the feathering amount,
and that isn't what I've seen in inkscape.