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Help with Clip masking in CSS3

Feb 10, 2013 4:00 PM

Tags: #clip #masking

I saw a video on Working with gradients.


Sorry the link was wrong this one is correct


Part I need help on is she does a clip mask on the ellipical (Planet) and I have no ideal how she did it.



1. I made the rigns

2. I made the planet which is the top layer.


Any help would be great.







Message was edited by: damonwongdesign

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    Feb 10, 2013 10:58 PM   in reply to damonwongdesign

    This might help. It's about both clipping masks and pathfinder effects in AI CS3.



    BTW, I found it by doing a search (including the words, "illustrator" and "cs3" along with "clipping mask") at:


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    Feb 11, 2013 12:51 PM   in reply to damonwongdesign

    The video is for CS4, not CS3.

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    Feb 11, 2013 1:20 PM   in reply to damonwongdesign

    A clipping mask is made by drawing a shape on top of, or covering the elements of the illustration below that you eventually want to have visible. That's a bit counter-intuitive, you cover up want you want show? Yes!


    Draw another ellipse that covers up all of the lower portion of the planet and on the top edge basically matches the curves of the rings. No need to make an exact fit, it can well overlap the planet shape. Select the planet and the top ellipse and go to Object>Clipping Mask>Make. The top portion of the planet which was not covered by your ellipse disappears and the look is that the planet is behind the rings. Here are some photos...


    Screen Shot 2013-02-11 at 3.15.19 PM.png


    the transparency of the top pink ellipse is not necessary, I added it for instructional purposes only.


    Screen Shot 2013-02-11 at 3.15.37 PM.png

    Here's what it looks like with the clipping mask on and the masking object selected.


    Screen Shot 2013-02-11 at 3.15.48 PM.png

    Here's what it looks like in wireframe (outline) view.


    Hope that helps


    Michael Riordan

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