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Using Outlines as Masks

You can use your type outlines as a mask for another image. The technique for creating this effect is different from Illustrator—you can either use the Place command or the Paste Into command in InDesign.

For more information on masking images with frames, see "Using Frames to Mask Images" in Chapter 4.

  1. Use the Selection tool to select your type outline.

  2. Choose File→Place to place the graphic. This will create a link to the original graphic file.

  3. Choose Edit→Paste Into to paste a copied graphic into the frame. This puts a copy of the image in your InDesign document and does not maintain a connection to the original file. (Figure 3.57).


Use your Direct Selection tool to reposition the graphic within the frame or to change the shape of the outline.

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