How would one go about making and using a custom mask to create the planeswalker effect of the art showing through the name header? Would the mask need to be in the same directory or can you point the program to look for the file anywhere?
Post by shuttlecrossing on Feb 21, 2022 23:01:38 GMT
Disclaimer: I am neither an expert nor a professional. Apologies if this is not a clear explanation.
The easiest way I can think of would be to combine z index/increase the image size, and making a cropped image of the art in photoshop, layering it on top to make it look like it's poking through. There's pretty much no way to get around the cropping bit, though there might be other ways to implement it once you've got it.
In your style file, add this line under your "image" section:
z index: 2
Or any number higher than 1 if you intend to layer multiple masks.
Then modify the width and/or height of the bounding box for "image" - for example with the original Jace Beleren card, you would change top by some amount of pixels (the height of the hoodie that extends upwards out of the art) and the height commensurately. So if I decreased the top by 20, I would increase the height by 20. Layer it so that it extends up into the name text box. Normally that would mean the art would go outside the bounds and look awful, but we're going to fix that with a nice crop.
Get the exact dimensions of the art when cropped to the desired size. Open it in photoshop, select the entire side of the piece that would show through, and delete all but the part you want visible. Using the previous example, I'd find the original art and cut out something like this, turning the red section into transparency.
Then you bring in the art. Technically it's still extending out of bounds, but since the area is clear, the only part that's visible is the part we left intact. If it's too large, it won't extend properly, so it might take trial and error (or precise planning) to get it to fit ideally.
You'll need to redo this for each planeswalker you make that goes out of bounds in a different fashion, such as if you want to use the sides of the card instead of just the top.