Inverse Clipping Mask

What features would you like to see in Pixelmator Pro?
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2019-05-18 10:26:17

(Pixelmator Pro 1.3.4)
Hi all.
I’ve got some text that I want cut out of a layer leaving transparent lettering. I’m currently using the text as a template: load as a selection, invert the selection, add as a mask, then hide the text. This is easy enough but breaks the link between the text and the mask. If I edit the text I need to remove and replace the mask (kudos to Pixelmator Pro for having text be able to participate in a clipping mask).
What I want to be able to do is exactly the opposite of a clipping mask where the inverse of the opacity of one layer combines with the colour of another.
Maybe something like an invert transparency effect would sort this?
Also, if anyone has a neater solution than what I am currently doing I’d love to hear it.
Thanks.
- Stef.
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2019-05-18 20:21:20

Never mind. I figured it out.
Black text on white shape, group, apply Mask to Alpha Effect, create Clipping Mask with layer that holds colour information.
Mask to Alpha and Clipping Mask are a really powerful combo. I'm so glad we have them both in Pixelmator Pro.
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2019-05-20 08:24:30

Great little technique there, Stef!