How to Create a Clipping Mask in Illustrator

In the following tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a Clipping Mask in Illustrator and also how to make a clipping mask with text in Illustrator.

What You’ll Learn in This Tutorial

  • How to make a Clipping Mask in Illustrator
  • How to make a Clipping Mask with text in Illustrator

1. How to Make a Clipping Mask in Illustrator

To make a Clipping Mask in Illustrator, select your design along with the object that will serve as the mask, and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make.

how to make a clipping mask in Illustrator

To make things a bit faster, you can always use the Control-7 keyboard shortcut.

make a clipping mask in Illustrator using keyboard shortcut

Keep in mind that the Make Clipping Mask command can also be found at the bottom of the Properties panel (Window > Properties).

make clipping mask using the Properties panel

2. How to Make a Clipping Mask With Text in Illustrator

You can even use text to make a clipping mask in Illustrator. Select it along with your design, and just press Control-7.

how to make a clipping mask with text in Illustrator

Keep in mind that the text remains fully editable, and the masked area updates as you edit the text.

how to edit a text clipping mask

3. How to Create a Clipping Mask in Illustrator Using Draw Inside

Using Draw Inside, you can easily create a somewhat different clipping mask effect.

Select an object from your design which will serve as the mask, and select Draw Inside from the Control panel. Now, any new object that you draw will be masked by your selection. The only difference with this technique is that your mask remains visible.

how to create a clipping mask in Illustrator using draw inside

Congratulations! You’re Done!

Now that you’ve learned how to create clipping masks in Illustrator, feel free to use these techniques in your future projects.

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