Dynamic vectors are a great alternative to image placeholder masks.
With a dynamic vector, you can add an EPS element on top of an image placeholder, to cover any part of that image in order to give it a special shape.

The best thing about using dynamic vectors as masks is that you can not only give shape to the image placeholder, but you can also add design elements on top of the picture, for example:
  • Cropmarks
  • Annotations
  • Patterns
  • Decorations
  • Shapes
  • and more!

To add a dynamic vector as a mask on top of an image placeholder

  1. Add an image placeholder as you normally would. Do not add a mask to it
  2. Add a dynamic vector by clicking dynamic vector
  3. While on option 1, click upload EPS
  4. Browse for the file you want to use as a mask
  5. Resize and reposition the dynamic vector so it is placed correctly on top of the image placeholder
If you simply want to add a mask, uploading an EPS on option 1 will do. However, if you want to upload multiple variable masks, you can do it as well. All you need to do is upload a different EPS  into consecutive options at once by selecting all the image files (shift + select) you want to upload when the dialog to choose the image file appears.
It is possible that you'll need to update the mask while adjusting the preview on step 2 to make the preview more realistic. In order to do that follow the instructions on how to adjust dynamic vectors on the preview.

How to prepare an EPS to use as a mask

Here's a simple guide to help you create your EPS masks.
Keep in mind you will need Adobe Illustrator or a similar vector editing software to achieve this.

1. Open your design file on illustrator

If you already have a design you want to use as a mask then open it on illustrator. Otherwise, create a new blank document with the size of your template.

2. Create a solid shape for the area you want to mask

Create or draw a shape with the area you want to mask out. This will be the place where customers photos will be placed.

3. Create a white background to cover all the design

Add a new white shape that covers your entire artboard. This is what will "cover" all the elements of the photograph that go outside the mask.

4. Subtract the mask

Move the white layer behind the shape you created for the mask.

Select both layers, and subtract the front layer (black) from the back one (white), using the minus front tool from the pathfinder.

Send resulting shape to the back and save

Select the resulting shape from the pathfinder operation and send it to the back. If you want to check how the mask looks you can move it from the artboard to verify that the shape has been subtracted properly. You can also add another element on the back to check how it looks.

Go to File Save as > and choose EPS format. Check Use Artboards to make sure the whole artboard area is saved correctly.
If your EPS files are quite big, try simplifying them in Adobe Illustrator (or similar) as much as possible before uploading them into Customily.


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