Quick Clipping Mask Tut for AI

posted by qetza • 7 years ago

The subject of masking and how to mask was brought up in the WIP Thread and I thought to put something together to show an example of masking in Adobe Illustrator. I thought it was fairly common knowledge, but just in case anyone needed help,...This is a very basic example.

Image 1 – For this example the flowers will be placed as a fill of the word “Masking”.
all you need is 2 elements; The object you want to see as the frame and what you want to see inside the object.

Image 2 – First, position the main element (in this case the word “Masking”) above the fill pattern or shapes (in this case the flowers). Select the Main Element – Go up to the Scroll down menu – Go to OBJECT -Compound Path – Make.

Image 3 – Select both elements. Go up to the Scroll down menu – Go to OBJECT – Clipping Mask – Make.

It should look similar to image 4 (With your own elements of course)

You can copy and paste the compound path in front of your masked objects to create outlines or drop shadows.

Image 5 is an example of this.

I tried some simple masks with just a couple of shapes inside of another and the “compound path” route wasn’t necessary. One thing of note before any masking was done, I made the flowers all one shape by selecting them all and using pathfinder – exclude. If this is confusing or you have any questions, let me know and I’ll try my best to answer. A lot of this stuff I learned on my own, so my verbage and methods may not be up to par compared to the proper book terms.

9 Replies

kharmazero kharmazero Artist from France

This a great topic for a dumb illustrator user as i am :-))
thanks a lot :-))i will try it

zerobriant zerobriant Artist from Cebu City, Philippines

nice tuts man, you are doing it! :D

CatPrime CatPrime Artist from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

I love the end result, nice, and simply done :)

nico262 nico262 Artist

Didn’t work, I want my money back…

jks great simple tut that’s easy to follow.

dandingeroz dandingeroz Artist from Philippines

great tuts sir! can i share the shortcut way :D

clipping mask

cntrl + 7 on PC

command + 7 on MAC


thanks a bunch.

qetza qetza Artist from United States

Cool, glad you all could get some use from this.

@dandingeroz – shortcuts are great man, thanks for sharing.

SneakyPeeky SneakyPeeky Human from United States


graphicollapse graphicollapse Artist from garut, Indonesia

:) i wanna use illustrator…. i hope someone help me for having this software

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