How to Create a Clipping Mask in Adobe Illustrator: Design Tips Post #6
How to Create a Clipping Mask in Adobe Illustrator
LabelValue’s Design Tips Mini-Series is an 8-week installment of useful design knowledge that comes directly from our team of designers. We feature helpful hints and design tips to help you in the process of designing great labels! This week we will be going over how to create clipping masks in Adobe Illustrator.
If you missed our previous posts, you can view them here:
- Week 1: How to Trace Objects with the Pen Tool
- Week 2: How to Equally Duplicate a Shape Around A Circle
- Week 3: How to Link and Embed Images
- Week 4: How to use the Align Tool in Adobe Illustrator
- Week 5: How to Set up Document Bleeds in Adobe Illustrator
Part 6 of our Design Mini-Series focuses on the creation and use of a clipping mask. This useful tool allows you to incorporate textures, imagery, and patterns into areas of vector art that would be otherwise impossible.
For this week’s tutorial, we will go over setting up and editing a clipping mask in Adobe Illustrator.
So What Exactly is a Clipping Mask?
Basically, a clipping mask is an object within Illustrator that uses a shape’s properties to mask areas of your design. The only visible areas of a clipping mask are what’s within the mask’s shape. A clipping mask and any objects within a mask are referred to as a clipping set. Clipping sets can be made from a selection of two or more objects. The shape or object of a clipping mask will not have a fill or stroke.
How do you Create a Clipping Mask using Adobe Illustrator?
Now that we have a general understanding of what a clipping mask is and how it works, let’s create one. We will be using Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 for this tutorial, but all versions of Illustrator will have the functionality to create clipping masks.
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