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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:





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



    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?




    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.



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

    Ah, Mark. very nice.

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