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Working with References
Reference Images & Clipping Masks

4.8_Reference Images & Clipping Masks

0:01 For this and the next couple lessons, we’re going to be importing some other file formats into our LayOut file.

0:08 All the references we’re about to insert have been included in your exercise files folder in the ‘References’ subfolder.

0:15 But before we insert anything, let’s create a new page and name it ‘References’.

0:20 Now go to ‘File/Insert’ and navigate to the ‘References’ folder.

0:27 Let's pick the Oven PDF first.

0:29 You'll notice there's no import options to choose from...the image just drops in full size and retains its vector graphics.

0:38 Let’s repeat the step again and this time choose the oven JPEG.

0:42 Same thing happens as far as coming in 1:1...but since this is a JPEG, there’s no transparency.

0:50 If we need a transparent background for something like stacking references or maybe if we have a page background color, then we’ll want to import a PNG file instead.

1:01 As a reminder, you can manage your references at any time by going to 'Document Setup', then to 'References'.

1:07 You can relink...unlink...embed...purge...or have LayOut show your where the file is stored in your local directory.

1:19 Lastly, let’s import one more image in order to learn how the clipping masks feature works.

1:25 Navigate to the same reference folder and insert the ‘Plywood_Shelf’ image and place anywhere on the page.

1:32 We first need to determine what we want to clip or mask out from the image.

1:37 Let’s start by drawing a circle centered in the middle of the image.

1:42 Next, select both circle and the image…right-click…and select ‘Create Clipping Mask’.

1:49 The rest of our image is still there, it’s just that everything outside of the circle is now being hidden.

1:55 If you double-click into the mask, like a group, you can adjust either the position or the shape of the mask.

2:02 Be careful not to select or move the image while inside editing the mask, as that will release the mask and you’ll have to re-apply.

2:11 If you want your clipping mask’s stroke to show or not then you can edit it in the styles panel.

2:18 And to remove a clipping mask, just right-click it again and select ‘Release Clipping Mask’.

2:31 Clipping masks also work the same way on a SketchUp model reference.