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Unwanted Masks

Discussion in 'Flexi' started by 550rider, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. 550rider

    550rider New Member

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    I have used Flexi for many years now and always say it is great for vinyl work. Using it for print work is another thing. Recently I have noticed every A.I. file I open has a mask on it. Even if it is simple vector art with no gradient or placed images. Any thought on how to get rid of the mask without changing the file?
     
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  2. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    Flexi can remove the masking, but after it is removed you get a big black box on the screen to delete. The issue I have with this is.."did something just disapear?" have even had multiple masks in files...sometime upwards of 15 or 20...at this point I call the customer and tell them to send me a flattened tiff and to hell with it.
     
  3. mopar691

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    I have always had this problem too, yes sometimes the masks can be annoying but really have given me no problem as I just delete them as gabagoo does.
     
  4. 401Graphics

    401Graphics Very Active Member

    yea right click, uncompound or ungroup all, delete the mask. done.
     
  5. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

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    Find the Flexi install directory and delete it, done.....


    wayne k
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  6. P Wagner

    P Wagner Very Active Member

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    I see what you did there...
     
  7. Chimuka

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    I use the select by attributes and check the mask selection , then un-mask them all at once. Then I switch to wireframe and select the masks by holding down the control key and grab them all at once and delete them. This even works fairly well when those pesky masked gradients are sent your way.
     
  8. Gene@mpls

    Gene@mpls Very Active Member

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    Which version do you have... I don't have a select by attributes? Gene
     
  9. Chimuka

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    Hi Gene,

    I have 8.6 pro. I use a shortcut key. When your display has a file open , I just push the "D" key down. No control or alt, just the d to bring up Select by attibutes.
     
  10. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    In 8.1 its edit -> select -> select by attribute
     
  11. Gene@mpls

    Gene@mpls Very Active Member

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    Thank you Gents- that is in 7.6 also. I have had Flexi for 16 years and
    still learning things it can do. I just hired a young man who is going to
    school for multimedia and of course lovers AI. After a demo of what
    a 8-10 year old copy of Flexi can do- better and faster- he was astounded.
     
  12. thewood

    thewood Very Active Member

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    This may work in some instances. But if a file contains a clipping mask around a gradient (which Flexi will parse as a million separate shapes), then you will have a mess on your hands with no polygon left with which to re-mask the offending gradient.

    The masks can be frustrating at times, but that is how Flexi parses Illustrator files. It is superior to the manner in which Illustrator parses native Flexi files.:thumb:
     
  13. Suz

    Suz Very Active Member

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    LOL, thought you were talking about those Halloween masks that show up at your door. Warning, this should be happening a few hours from now, depending on the time zone. :)
     

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