I am trying to create a logo. The basic idea is that the name is in the shape of a chili pepper with the varigated colors of the pepper running throughout the letters. I started by high fidelity image tracing a photo of a chili, it came up with beautiful results. However, then when I got the letters placed inside the chili (and converted them to outlines) I couldn't get the color of the chili to stay only inside the letters. I tried having the letters in front, I tried having them in back. I've tried minus front and back, intersect, exclude, divide and others. The only thing that would happen is that my letters would disappear. So then I unfilled the letters and outlined the strokes and tried it all again. Nothing. So then I created a my own chili with the gradient mesh tool and tried all combinations again. And nothing worked. This was supposed to be a quick job for a friend and I've now spend way more time on it than I should've. I've done something similar to this before but with a solid color, so I don't know what the problem is or how to fix it. Could someone please help point me in the right direction
In addition to what OldBob said, you can use the original live Type (without creating outlines) as a Clipping Path for the Clipping Mask, and you can use the original photo of the chili (without the image tracing).
I'd prefer to use the trace image and the outlined type if possible. I have the letters in front of the chili. Then when I click create create clipping mask on that layer, everything disappears, it's just white, sometimes with the bounding box still visible. What am I doing wrong?
Thanks again for your help.
Your problem is coming from multiple or nested compound paths. You can fix this by
Basically when you use this logo as a mask, Illustrator likes the compound path defined as one compound, rather than a nested compound.
For step 4 you could alternatively use make compound rather than pathfinder.