Hi - I am working with an illustrator file from another designer which has a compound path with linked files - when you link a new file the image is automatically resized and clipped to the path. I am able to edit it but i want to make my own from scratch and can't figure it out. I'm working with Illustrator CS6. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks
What do you mean by "compound path with linked files"?
Is the compound path a clipping mask?
Are you replacing a linked image with another linked image?
If you are replacing a linked image with a new one, the new image will automatically scale to the same % as the one that was there before.
In your case it sounds as if it would be better to delete the old image, place the new one, put it behind the masking object and make a new clipping mask.
Your question was a bit vague though, so I may have misunderstood you.
Hi Steve - thanks for the reply - my question was a bit vague as I wasn't entirely sure what I was working with but I think your point about the new linked image scaling to the same size as the existing file has helped me understand it a bit more. What I want to know how to do is to make an entirely new file with a clipping mask that I then link an image to. I made a file with a clipping mask on the page and then chose file>place but the image I import is not being clipped (I ticked the link option when importing it) I see it working with the existing file I'm working with but I need to know how to make a new one myself.
If this makes it clearer here's what I want to do ...
I am making a banner, I have 3 flat jpegs of t-shirts that I want to place on the banner without their white background. I made a clipping mask the same shape as the outline of the t-shirt and now I want to import the jpeg so it is a linked file and is clipped by the clipping mask and so I can use it in future to import different t-shirt image in without scaling and clipping them each time.
REally appreciate your help, thanks.
I normally do it this way:
Place your image, draw a shape (rectangle or whatever), select both and Object > Clipping Mask > Make.
If you only want a rectangle, place your image and immediately Object > Clipping Mask > Make. This produces a rectangle the same size as the placed image.
After that you just use the Direct Selection tool to select either image or mask and then hit S to get the Scale tool.