Thence I thought about how layer masks work in Illustrator, illustrator first.
It is a bit more complex to explain.
While experimenting I thought I would have used certain Photoshop specific tools like the brush and suchlike In the end I didn’t being that I really wanted it to keep it as simple as possible. Actually for me it depends on these criteria. I’ll work in Photoshop, So if the job will involve working with photos and adding effects and certain pattern structures that are almost impossible to do in Illustrator. Usually, pen tool and it needs to be scalable at any time, therefore I’ll pick up Illustrator. Just like this example, it’s not always crystal clear which application to choose since there are loads of things you can do in both. Hit the D Key once and if needed use the Switch foreground and background arrows so almost white is your foreground.
Add a mask to the layer, by first selecting the layer and later clicking the Add a mask option button at the bottom of the Layers panel.
In the Toolbar doublecheck if the gradient picker is set to Foreground to Background.
Make sure foreground and background are respectively set to almost white and grey. Select the Gradient Tool from the Toolbox and click on the left of the shape, hold down Shift Key and drag a line towards the other side of the shape. Just select the mask icon in the Layers panel.
For example, you probably need to adjust the gradient mask again. With that said, doublecheck if foreground and background are respectively set to whitish and grey and that the gradient picker is set to Foreground to Background again in the Toolbar. Move it in place as shown in the image above.
Duplicate the layer by dragging the layer over the Create new layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.
Select the Gradient Tool in the Toolbox.
Give the shape a slightly different color. Rotate the shape 180° and scale it slightly. On top of this, in my example I go from dark red to hot pink and purplish. Hit command/control + t and enter a value of 180° to turn the pile upside down. Anyways, double click any layer shape 1 by 1 to change its color. Open the folder icon in the layer to reveal the layers. Notice that i moved my pile upwards so that the smallest shape is somewhere in the center of my canvas. A well-known fact that is. Now duplicate this group by dragging the folder icon in the Layers panel over the Create new layer icon at the bottom. That’s where it starts getting really entertaining. Hit command/control + t to rotate the circle 45°.
Draw a circle holding down the Shift Key.
Select the Ellipse Tool from the Toolbox.
Rulers or hit command/control + Drag a horizontal guide from the top Ruler to the middle of the circle, Go to View >. As a result, be sure your Rulers are turned on. On top of that, so that’s really a great piece of original thinking on your part. Actually, this creation is perfectly possible in both applications and both creations must be fully ‘vector based’ and so flexible to scale. Lighten mode on the greenish light blue piles and used a transparency of 50 for the top pile and 100percentage for the bottom one. Oh, and before someone asks, the font I’ve used is FF Cocon. Lots of info can be found easily online. Hope you enjoy this tutorial.
Last but not least I played around with the layer modes.
Select the Direct Selection Tool from the Toolbox.
Click on the right segment of the path of the circle and hit the Delete Key. Now select the Pen Tool and click in the top right point of the circle where you have just deleted the segment of the path to redraw this part as show above in the image on the right. Hold down the Shift Key and click somewhere on the guide so you draw a perfect 45° line. Select all layers in the Layers panel. Nevertheless, double check whether foreground and background are respectively set to almost white and blackish again. Nonetheless, go to the panels menu and select the New Group from Layers. So, enter a name and click OK. Ensure the gradient picker is set to Foreground to Background again. Click the Add a mask option button at the bottom of the Layers panel. Just think for a moment. Select the Gradient Tool from the Toolbox and select the Radial Gradient option at the toolbar at the top.