I like doing this by sandwiching the Ilustratortype in between 2 images from photoshop. You can better see the pixels in Photoshop to get a better mask
Actually could do this in Photoshop with 3 layers to make one image, unless you prefer to edit the type in Illustrator.
Your saying go into photoshop and cut the portions of the hand image that I want over the text. then, place the text image over the paper. creat 3 layers with hand on bottom, then text, then forefinger and thumb on top?
I have the hand (original Image). I used the pen tool to create a shape over the parts of the hand that I want in front. Now, where I am stuck is, I cannot get the clipping mask to show anything but the white shapes over the thumb and finger. This is my first time attempting clipping masks.
Yes you got it.
Youv'e got your clipping mask reversed. You want to draw paths around the areas you want to keep where the text is concerned. What you currently have would allow you to mask content in the fingers themselves, not outside of them. And you want the clipping mask to be placed on the text, not on the hand image.
Basically you want a path which matches the outline of the card (going around those fingers) then place the text inside that clipping mask.
Red path is the clipping mask....
Again.. you do not want to apply the clipping mask to the hand image. Apply the clipping mask to your text.
Think of it this way... what is it you want to hide? The hand or the text? The text, right? So the clipping mask will be used to hide portions of the text. Therefore the mask must be applied to the text.
You may be better off greyscaling the raster image in Phothsop first, then bringing it back into Illustrator.
But within Illustrator, just select the hand image and choose Edit > Edit Colors > Convert to Greyscale. This will only work if the image is embedded in the AI file. It won't work if the image is linked.
If it's a linked image, convert it in Photoshop to greyscale, then update the link in Illustrator. I can ellaborate further if needed.
If you're interested in learning a little more about how clipping and opacity masks work, we made these videos recently that may help you.
I'm glad you were able to solve your problem with the help of the forum community!