Clipping Mask Tip

I was busy for some two weeks but I’m posting today since someone requested at tutorial.

Today, you will learn how to use a clipping mask. Clipping Mask is extremely useful and is a valuable technique for Digital Artists.

What You’ll Be Making:


  • Illustrator
  • Clipping Mask


1. Start by placing a texture or any grouped object onto your workspace. In this case, I placed a wood texture.

2. Draw any shape you want ( I’m using a circle). NOTE: Make sure your shape is on top of your texture/other object.

3. Select both objects using the Selection Tool (V). Then right-click on your objects, then select Make Clipping Mask.

4. Now your texture will be bounded to the shape you made.

There are varieties of things you can do with clipping masks but it’s always important to know how to make one.

I hope you enjoyed this tip and learned something new.


About Fadi G.

I am a digital artist and I hope to push the bounds of creativity. I will produce videos, illustrations, animations, and more interesting things.

Posted on March 7, 2011, in Shapes, Texture, Tips and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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