I am working on a textile pattern and I would like to cut out pieces of a watercolor painting (IN adobe illustrator) that I have uploaded. I want the pieces of watercolor paintings to fit into the line shapes I have drawn and also uploaded (ie: they are line drawings of figs and are not a square or circle, but a loose kind of sketchy shape). There appear to be too many shapes to use the clipping mask feature, even when I create a 'compound path' since it is supposed to be a repeating pattern ...it gets all sketchy. And I cannot figure out out to use the knife on the background image....any suggestions? Or am I stuck in the dark ages of actually using scissor to manually cut the shapes before I scan? (*gasp*)
Thank you so much for any help!!!
I figured it out...just need to use photoshop - now I am dealing with the white background when you drag and drop, but it sounds like you have to save the file in psd then place.
You can either use channel operation (like keying) to remove the white, or you might use a transfer (aka blend) mode to minimize or hide the appearance of white in the composition.