How to Make a Clipping Mask Using Adobe Illustrator

There are many design settings you can make using Adobe Illustrator, one of which isclipping masks.

Clipping maskis a design technique to make an image follow a certain object. Other terms combine two objects. For example pictures and text.

Make a Clipping Mask Using Adobe Illustrator
Make a Clipping Mask Using Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is widely chosen to createclipping masksbecause the results are good and maximum.

How to Make a Clipping Mask Using Adobe Illustrator

For this type ofclipping maskthere are usually two forms. Namely photos andshapesor photos and text. Both have a manufacturing process that is not much different.

So, if you are curious, please follow these steps:

1. Create a New Worksheet

The first step, open Adobe Illustrator on the PC or laptop you are using. After that, please pressCtrl + N keyto openNew Document settings.

Next selectBlank Document Presetsand set the paper as desired (here I useA4). If so, clicktheCreatebuttonto create a new worksheet.

2. Import Image

After the new worksheet is created, you mustimport(import) the desired image as the basis for theclipping mask.

Here’s how toimport animage in Adobe Illustrator:

  • Select theFiles tab.
  • ClicktheOpen menu.
  • If so, find theimageyou want.
  • ClicktheOpen button.
  • Then the image will appear on the worksheet.

3. Insert Shape

The first clipping mask that I will make is the shape. You can enter the desiredshapein an Adobe Illustrator worksheet.

Here are the steps:

  • Right click on theRectangle Tool.
  • Select theshapeyou want.
  • Once done, place theshapeinthe drawing area.
  • If it’s still not in the right position, pleaseadjust itfirst so that the results are neat.

4. Create a Clipping Mask

Finally, theshapethat was created earlier can be set directly into aclippingmask.

The method is as follows:

  • Selecttheshapeobjectby pressing left click.
  • Hold downthe Shift keywhile pressing the drawing object.
  • If so,right click.
  • Select theMake Clipping Mask menu.
  • Automatically the image will be cropped to follow theshape oftheshape.
  • Done.

Well, aclipping mask in theform of ashapehas been created.

5. Create a Text Clipping Mask (Optional)

To create aclipping maskin the form of text, the steps are more or less the same as before. Here we use thetype toolto create the desired text.

Here’s how to create aclipping maskin the form of text:

  • PressCtrl + O keyto open theOpen File menu.
  • Then select theimageyou want.
  • If so, click theType Toolon thetoolbaron the left.
  • Write the textas you wish.
  • Further, adjust the typefontandsizethemon the tabProperties.
  • After that, pleaseblockthe imageandtextobjectsby pressing the Shift key.
  • Right-click inthe drawing area.
  • SelecttheMake Clipping Mask menu.
  • The end result will be like the following image.
  • Done.

For the final result above, I have combined it with aclipping mask in theform of ashape. It’s enough to see the difference.

The final word

The final result of the createdclipping maskcan be different. Depending on the type ofshapeor writing, as well as the image used.

It is recommended that the manufacturing process is not rushed. Make sure it is in accordance with what I described so that it is neat. So, if you need advice on this topic, you can send it directly through the comments column below.

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