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When I follow the instructions in the Adobe tutorial the mask is created but the color is totally off. I am using a gold texture and the screenshot below is what I end up with.
here's what it looks like before the mask (box and text are grouped)
then here's what it looks like when I use the mask (first mage shows transparency palette and placed image outline)
it doesn't seem to matter if the text is white or black, if the texture is clipped or unclipped, masked or inverted. I am pulling my hair out. What am I doing wrong?