Hi peeps!! I need a lil help. What I have here is the word "WILD" with outlines created and a jpg of zebra stripes that I live traced and expanded. How can I get the zebra pattern to show up just inside the letters? I've tried a clipping mask but perhaps I'm not doing it correctly. I tried masking with each element on top and that didnt seem to change anything. I believe there is a way to make a vector element a pattern and put it in your swatches but I can't seem to figure out how to do that either. This is for a print job on a clear mug so it must be able to produce that.
The typeface was originally just the outline of the letters with no fill whatsoever. I outlined it and then just changed the color so I can see it better against the black and white zebra. it will be printed as a black outlined letter.
Then the letters each consist of two paths which form a compound path.
You need to break them up. THen you fill just the inner path with the zebra pattern. fill the outer path with black and put it behind the inner path.
Take special care of the D: the inner as well as the outer path both need to be a compound path, so that they both have a hole in them.
If you just want the zebra pattern to appear in the WILD (inside the bounding strokes, but not in the counter of the D and not between the letters, you may, based on the outlined letter shapes:
If you want the strokes visible:
0) Select the letter shapes and Ctrl/Cmd+C+B to make a copy beneath the stroked letter shapes, leave the original(s) and work with the copy.
1) With the letter shape (copy from 1)) selected, Object Compound Path>Make,
2) Also select the zebra pattern and Object>Clipping Mask>Make.
If no stroke is needed, you may use Live Type as the Clipping Path.
ok sorry guys no go. When i made pulled the zebra print into the swatches it did in fact make a pattern of the rectangular zebra print but that is not what I need actually. Mike I like your example given above, however i would need the stroke or offset path to be thicker which is only the minor problem but if I make the fill a pattern will that mean that it will print off on a coffee mug with black and white? I want to have the white transparent....any suggestions on how to accomplish these?
What font name is it you are using?
In any case, if you make the type into outlines, select the inner outline, you can fill it with the pattern.
You can then use the appearance panel to add a stroke to the outer outline, drag the new outline below the fill, set it to the outside. This example uses a 3pt outline with the fill. As you can see, you can see through the "white" portion of the pattern.
Take care, Mike
Perhaps you would prefer to use a simple clipping mask by duplicating the word WILD and using the duplicate as the clipping mask…
Here is a video
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