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Cannot create Clipping Mask on 3 separate text objects

Jan 9, 2013 5:40 AM

Tags: #clipping_masks

Hi All

 

I have created custom text, so that each letter in my 3 letter word is a separate compound object.

 

Now I have made a filled (with gradient) ellipse and rectangle behind the text to create a clipping mask with all 3 text objects. (see image1)

However, when I select all the objects and select: object>clipping mask >make, it only mask the one letter, which is the one on top. (see image 2)

 

However, when I group the 3 letters together, it does not create a clipping mask at all, it shows nothing... (see image 3)

 

How do I ake all 3 letters be in the mask?

 

Thank you

 

Here is a link to the .ai file: http://lamininbeauty.co.za/david/STS.ai

 

Illustrator_issue_1.PNG

Illustrator_issue_2.PNG

Illustrator_issue_3.PNG

 
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    Jan 9, 2013 6:03 AM   in reply to DexterDave

    Dave,

     

    You may select all the letters and Object>Compound Path Make, then use that as the Clipping Path for the Clipping Mask.

     
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    Jan 9, 2013 6:05 AM   in reply to DexterDave

    Take your three letter shapes, and combine them into a coumpond path. Object > Coumpound Path > Make

    Group the two gradient shapes, then select coumpound path and group.

     

    object > clipping mask >make will now work : like this

     

    Screen shot 2013-01-09 at 9.02.23 AM.png

     
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    Jan 9, 2013 11:48 AM   in reply to DexterDave

    For my part you are welcome, Dave.

     

    For many purposes, such as a normal simple drop shadow, you can:

     

    1) Create a copy of the text,

    2) Lock the original, and use the copy for the Clipping Mask,

    3) Use the underlying original for other purposes.

     

    I am a bit unsure what you mean by a drop shadow (vertically flipped) of that text.

     

    An image/screenshot and/or a more detailed description might help helpers that are a bit slow in the uptake.

     
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    Jan 9, 2013 12:28 PM   in reply to DexterDave

    Dave, do you mean this sort of effect?

     

    STS.png

     

    If so, I just dragged a copy (alt+drag), then grabbed the center top control handle and dragged it downward until I was happy. Then skewed it a bit.

     

    From there you can recolor it black (or whatever), add a gussian blur or feather, or whatever.

     

    Mike

     
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    Jan 9, 2013 2:23 PM   in reply to DexterDave

    Ah, Mark. very nice.

     
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