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Avoid borders in clipping masks

May 6, 2013 2:33 PM

Tags: #illustrator #mask #lines #clipping #strokes #borders #clipping_mask

Hi Guys


I'm designing a new logo for a client and I would like a rectangular form on the background. There is a C-formed shape in the rectangle which should be clipped in the final version. (so if used on black background for example, there's only the regular form on the background with the C in it, but not the shape of the C outside the rectangle on the left and right of the rectangle).


Clipping could be an option but it gives me those fine strokes...


How to solve this?






The first image is the ideal result (but not clipped so with shapes of the C outside the box on a coloured background). The 2nd is the result when clipped. Note the small lines where the C-shape touches the borders of the rectangle on the left, right and bottom of the rectangle.


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    May 6, 2013 3:31 PM   in reply to BobM1990



    Presuming  the C shape is a closed path on top of the rectangle, you can just select both and Pathfinder>Minus Front, then Ungroup if needed.


    That will cut the overlapping part of the C shape out of the rectangle.


    In older versions it would be Pathfinder>Subtract from shape area, and you might need to press Alt/Option to get simple paths, depending on version.

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    Jun 28, 2013 12:24 AM   in reply to BobM1990



    Then what about:


    1) Select both rectangle and Cand Pathfinder>Divide;

    2) Delete unwanted parts (of the C), you may Ungroup or use Direct selection Tool?


    You can still change the rest of the C to transparent by deleting those parts too, or by hiding them (in the Layers palette, or setting them them to nostroke/nofill), if your client changes mind again. In the latter case, you can (re)show/fill them if your client changes mind again again.

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