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Pierre Courtejoie 7,038 posts
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Clipping mask with appearances?

Aug 20, 2013 7:01 AM

Hi all, I was trying to create a clipping mask from an object that is made from two shapes, and one has appearances (thanks to Rufus Deuchler's evangelism), but I had to resort to expand appearance, then use the object as a clipping mask.

 

Is there really no way to keep the dynamic appearances and use a layer as a clipping mask?

 
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    Aug 20, 2013 7:30 AM   in reply to Pierre Courtejoie

    Usually, you need to expand appearance first.

     

    What appearance attributes do you use?

     
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    Aug 20, 2013 8:59 AM   in reply to Pierre Courtejoie

    You can also try using the transparency palette flyout >> Make opacity mask

     

    Works similar to opacity masks as in Photoshop, and you can either use black for tranparent or white for tranparent dpending on if you click invert.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-08-20 at 10.59.22 AM.png

     
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    Aug 20, 2013 9:16 AM   in reply to Pierre Courtejoie

    If the clipping mask is to be made up of two shapes you would have to make them into a compound path first.

    All colours and appearances would thus presumably be lost.

     

    But there’s nothing to stop you from copying one of the shapes and applying the appearances to that.

    Then poke it into the stack in the place where you want it.

     
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    Aug 20, 2013 10:46 AM   in reply to Pierre Courtejoie

    It also depends on what exactly you want to do with that file afterwards and how exactly it's been built.

     
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    Aug 21, 2013 1:55 PM   in reply to Pierre Courtejoie

    Pierre,

     

    To elaborate on what Mike said, the live effect on the rectangle (or whatever) actually shapes the mask, and you are able to edit it without releasing the mask:

     

    You may click the masking object (to the right of the masked object in the Transparency palette), change or remove the round corner effect, and click the masked object to get back to working normally with everything.

     
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    Aug 22, 2013 3:56 AM   in reply to Pierre Courtejoie

    For my part you are welcome, Pierre.

     
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