Hello everyone ... Level: Newbie OS: Win7 64bit Ia: Cs6
Once I use a Clipping Mask on a layer is the entire document covered in a mask?
And/or is all the artwork from then on inside the mask?
I've read about how to add and how to remove art from a mask. I've read about how to make and release and lots of other things.
So, then I went and found a lesson that contained the use of a Clipping Mask.
But I'm stuck... again.
I am suppose to Select the main shape and "just" copy it and move it down (doesn't say rather to Paste in front or back but I assumed in back ~ not that it has mattered thus far)
However, while making the main shape I used Gradient Mesh and used an Offset to create a "replica" and so when I go to Select the main shape the mesh is selected and so when I Paste (in back ~ seems most logical) and then move it down the details such as the colors of the Gradient and other such things are visible in front ~ ??
So, I have been trying to abate my problem in lots of different ways.
I have tried using the Pen tool to draw behind the main shape, I've tried making a New Layer and placing it above and below and inbetween the main shape layer, I've tried adding the artwork to the Mask ... I've tried everything I can think of and I've been through many an article in the manual and FAQ's to no avail.
I suppose, what I think I need to know ... is, how ... how on earth do I draw behind this main shape? Am I not able to do it becuase I am not getting behind the Mask?
(Let me apologise to those that HATE it when Newbies follow lessons/tuts and who HATE it when we come here to ask for help. I'm doing my best to learn and to find answers on my own before heading here for help)
Please lmk if you would be better able to help me with pictures of my layers and the art. Thanx so much for your time!!
A clipping mask will only affect objects you have selected when creating the mask. Screencaps of your art and workspace would be really helpful moving forward. I'm looking forward to helping you!
In case it helps immediately, here's a video I made about clipping masks:
Thank you for the video and your kindness.
I'll go take some screens shots & brb
In the interim here is the link to the lesson
I'm stuck down at step 8 where it says how to create the "engine"
If you look at the picture the author has posted you can see that just the path of the main shape is selected.
When I select my main shape the gradient mesh is selected. I followed the lesson exactly and so I have no idea how the author came about to have the ability to select the main shape as the picture shows.
Since following what the author wrote doesn't work at all for me I thought I could just draw the shape myself and add it to the art somehow. But, nothing I try seems to be working. Thought I could draw the shape and then select both and use a Mask again but I get a dialog that says that actions can't be done or something to that affect.
Thanks again!! I'll be back with picks
I'm back ...
Here is the art where I've Selected it as instrcuted in step #8
See the difference? The authors has just the outline of the shape (the path) selected.
Here is my layers panel the second one is with the main shape with the paths open and the third is of the "Red Tip" open
"Layer 3" is just dots from a brush that give a rivet effect.
I really appreciate your time!! I just don't understand why I can't get an object to sit behind the bottom of the rocket. No matter how or where I draw all of the new object is always visible rather than partly hidden as I need it to be.
Hi there, thanks for all the screenshots! I don't think the link to the tutorial made it into your earlier post. Seeing that would be really helpful.
From what I understand, the "main shape" you are referencing is the gold shape that is behind the rest of the rocket in the author's image. This main shape is missing from your screencap. Is that correct? And you are having trouble making that object and getting it behind everything?
I'm also confused as to where the clipping mask is being used.
Link me to that tutorial and I'll see what I can do!
so sorry about that ... here is the link to the lesson ... lol ... i'm so frustered w/this i totally 4got to post the link
the mask is used at the start of the tutorial where a circle and the main shape of the rockets hull are clipped together to create a red colored tip on the hull. - i just became curious as to rather a mask affected the entire document afterward. i had searched many times for the answer but hadn't ever found an answer.
sorry for all the confusion (it's alomost 1am where i am & i'm get'n tired) the "main shape" i refer to is the rocket itself or the hull of the rocket.
yes, i am referencing the gold shape .... because i could not seem to figure out how to select the path of the main shape/hull to copy and scale it ... i thought i would just hand draw the needed shape but then i couldn't get it to go behind the rockets hull.
yes, the picture i posted of my rocket is missing the gold shape which is what i am trying to create.
hope i did better this time. thank you very much for your patience and willingness to help.
Thanks as well for your patience with me! It can be difficult to communicate this way, but all we can do is try our best.
As for the issue regarding the author's "main shape"...
Here I have an object with a gradient mesh:
If you follow the directions in step 3 of the tutorial, the author creates a duplicate by going to Object > Path > Offset Path.
And then inputs "0" for the offset value.
I shifted my original gradient-meshed object down a little bit, and there you can see is the simple shape that you were seeing in the author's image. Then they just filled it with that gold gradient and scaled it down.
And as for clipping masks...
As I mentioned before, a clipping mask will only affect the objects and groups you had selected when you created it. For exhaustive information about clipping masks, see this link: http://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/clipping-masks.html
I hope this was helpful! Good luck!
I did exactly all of that ... i did step 3 exactly like the lesson and exactly as you just explained.
but when i get to step 8 where the author says to select and scale ...
i open the layer w/the Path and select the path and then i make a copy and then i scale it down but it just will not let me fill it with anything at all.
at least i finally was able to select the right "thing" (gosh i'm just so tired now)
i gotta get some rest but i will be back tomorrow afternoon'ish to give it an other go ~ i may just redo the whole thing cuz i'm 99.99% sure i followed the steps exactly.
thanx a million again!! i hope to see you tomorrow at some point.
ps. thanx for the link. i've been reading through it for a few days now. it's linear which leaves a lot to be desired especially the way i learn.
I don't see the need for a clipping mask at all. The same purpose could also be accomplished by using pathfinder "intersect".
The clipping mask instead serves no purpose at all, but only irritates your selection, because although you may have selected only the red shape, it will still highlight the rocket shape on the artboard. You will always have to look through the layers panel in order to carefully check what actually is selected.
Thank You Monika and Erica
I became busy with offline stuff but just wanted to drop in to let you know that I'll be back asap to finish this thread and to let you know how things went for me re: this topic.
see ya soon
Ohhh goooodness!! i am so SORRY!! i got busy with work and life stuff and totally forgot about this little project. i feel so bad for not having got back to you before now.
well, it's 3am (2/16/13) where i am and so once again i will need to come back an other day. i will review my post and the responses so i can tidy up and get a correct answer done for anyone that may search this subject in the future.
meanwhile i am again sorry for having left anyone hanging.
be back asap.