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  • Problems Using the Clipping Mask function

  • Wayne Sykes

    November 27, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Hi Newbie here,

    I’ve looked at several youtube videos on how to use the clipping mask feature in Illustrator and maybe it’s just me, but I still can’t get my head around making it do what I would like it to.

    I would easily be able to do this in Photoshop by highlight the text, then selecting the layer I wanted to delete from and simply hitting delete, but this clipping mask is stumping me.

    Basically I would like to delete the word “CLOTHING” from the long sections of the 2 K’s then replace the word “CLOTHING” slightly smaller so that you can see through the 2 K’s…

    Hope somebody can help me..


  • Vincent Rosati

    November 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Hello Wayne,

    I’m sure there are a dozen approaches to doing this, but if I’m reading you correctly this is what I would do…

    Pathfinder: Minus Back

    Object/Expand Everything.

    Ungroup Everything.
    Select the K’s and Object/Compound Path/Make.
    Group all of the whites, then Copy/Paste in Back, then Object/Arrange/Send to Back.
    With the ‘Back’ whites still selected, shift-select the compound path K’s and Pathfinder/Minus Back

    Pretty much, repeat step 2…
    Select the black letters and Compound Path/Make.
    Select the white compound path and Send to Back.
    With the whites selected, shift-select the black letters and Pathfinder/Minus back.


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  • Wayne Sykes

    November 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Vincent,

    Thanks for getting back to me…

    This seems to be working to an extent. The only problem I seem to be having is when I use the Minus Back function, is extracts only the original shape of the letters excluding the stroke.

    I really need to have the stroke included, so that when I overlay the original lettering there is the transparent space between the K’s and the CLOTHING.

  • Wayne Sykes

    December 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Just had to expand the text with the stroke twice and then follow the steps…

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