First question here.
Decent knowledge of Photoshop, perhaps even better of After Effects (quite competent software actually even for graphic design, at least web-targeted).
At the moment, however, I'm working in Illustrator, since I figure it's best suited for my project, which is print-targeted, and Illustrator is definitely not my strongest point.
I've got a few text elements upon top of a hexagon patterned background, and I'm wondering if there is any way to create a gradient opacity mask (or any other kind of mask, if need be) based on the characters I have typed, and have the background pattern fade away just a few millimeters from the characters.
Hope this description is clear enough.
Any sort of help would be greatly appreciated.
I'm still experimenting on this.
Now I have my text elements in a separate layer, which is currently hidden.
I have made copies of these texts and I found out that if I add stroke to them, let's say 2.5cm, I get all sorts of funny spikes around my glyphs. This may normally be a problem, but for me it works just fine, if I can just get this spikey text elements to serve as an inverted mask for my underlying background - that is I want my background to be visible everywhere else and not within the area of the mask.