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Re: How to Clip or Mask a Circular Region on a Visio Page?
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2008, 10:45:09 AM »
You can see my take on this problem at:

Super Mask Visio Clipping Shape

The shape has the following features:

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  • Automatically sizes to the page's size
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Re: How to Clip or Mask a Circular Region on a Visio Page?
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2008, 06:11:31 AM »
wow thanks!
you wrote the article because of me?

makes me proud :)

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Re: How to Clip or Mask a Circular Region on a Visio Page?
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2010, 12:52:56 PM »
This is great! I was wondering, how can I use this in the opposite way? i.e. How can I make what is inside the hole 'masked over' and the rest of the page is 'bright'?

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Re: How to Clip or Mask a Circular Region on a Visio Page?
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2010, 01:42:10 PM »
You're thinking too hard, jp! :)

Just draw a circle or rectangle or square, then go to Format > Fill and give it some transparency!
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Re: How to Clip or Mask a Circular Region on a Visio Page?
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2010, 01:51:40 PM »
Thanks.  I did that actually, but after playing with different transparency levels, I converted the files to pdf (as I will have to do eventually), and I still can't get the portion beneath the shaded area to show through.

When I downloaded your file and converted it to pdf, everything shows through beautifully!!

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Re: How to Clip or Mask a Circular Region on a Visio Page?
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2010, 02:27:58 PM »
Ah! Now I understand.

I think that the super mask just uses normal transparency, though. Not sure why it would be any different.

Unfortunately, Visio transparency, especially with gradient fills can turn out less than desirable in pdfs and print-outs. When I get garbage, I export to a high-res bitmap and print that instead. Files can be large, so I usually export, print, then delete the bmp to keep the ol' hard drive clean.
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Re: How to Clip or Mask a Circular Region on a Visio Page?
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2010, 02:51:58 PM »
Yep, pdf and gradient fills are a real bugger.  But, usually solid fills are OK, even with transparency.  See attached.  This was done with Visio 2007 Std, shapes from Visio Tech 4.1 (someone is too cheap to buy 2007Pro & already has the older version).  I used the Publish as PDF... add-on, all settings were default.

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Re: How to Clip or Mask a Circular Region on a Visio Page?
« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2010, 03:12:32 PM »
OK.  Slow day at the office. 

Here's an embellishment, NOT using Visio Guy's mask, but, uh hmmm, someone else's "Magic Window", see Re: How to Clip or Mask a Circular Region on a Visio Page? (http://visguy.com/vgforum/index.php?topic=494.0).   :o  :-X

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Re: How to Clip or Mask a Circular Region on a Visio Page?
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2010, 07:30:14 PM »
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Re: How to Clip or Mask a Circular Region on a Visio Page?
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2010, 07:39:34 PM »
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