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Adobe Illustrator - Cropping Images with a Clipping Mask
This guide will show you how to use the Clipping Mask tool to hide parts of an image.
A clipping mask is an object whose shape masks other artwork so that only areas that lie within the shape are visible—in effect, clipping the artwork to the shape of the mask.
Hide parts of objects with a clipping mask
- Create the object to use as the mask. This object is called the clipping path. Only vector objects can be clipping paths.
- Move the clipping path above the objects to be masked in the stacking order.
- Select the clipping path and the objects to be masked.
- Choose Object > Clipping Mask > Make.
To create a clipping path from the area where two or more objects overlap, group the objects first.
Create a clipping mask for a group or layer
- Create the object you to be used as the mask. This object is called the clipping path. Only vector objects can be clipping paths.
- Move the clipping path and the objects to be masked into a layer or group.
- In the Layers panel, make sure that the masking object is at the top of the group or layer, and then click the name of the layer or group.
- Click the Make/Release Clipping Masks button at the bottom of the Layers panel or select Make Clipping Mask from the Layers panel menu.
Edit a clipping mask
- In the Layers panel, select the clipping path. Or, select the clipping set and choose Object > Clipping Mask > Edit Mask.
- Do any of the following:
- Move the clipping path by dragging the object’s center reference point with the Direct Selection tool.
- Reshape the clipping path using the Direct Selection tool.
- Apply a fill and stroke to a clipping path.
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