Clipping Mask Help

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Apr 02, 2022 Apr 02, 2022

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Hello, I've tried watching countless tutorials but still can't get this to work. I'm simply trying to the make the blue text, have the gradient that can be seen in the rectangle behind it. Nothing will work though. Please help.

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Apr 02, 2022 Apr 02, 2022

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Try selecting all the blue elements and choosing Object > Compound Path > Make.

Select the result and the gradient in the back and choose Object > Clipping Mask > Make.

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Apr 02, 2022 Apr 02, 2022

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Ethan,

 

Based on my (mis)interpretation of the screenshot:

 

You need to have the text (in Layer 4) above the gradient (in Layer 2), so switch their positions in the stacking order, and also to select both.

 

Then it ought to work.

 

Edit, after reading the answer by Ton and having a proper look at the text: Text can be live Type or Outlined Type; I just realized that it must be the latter with further elaboration or custom made as paths, in which case it needs to be turned into a single (compound) path to work as a Clipping Path, just as Ton said.

 

 

Edit edit: Hi Ton.

 

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Apr 02, 2022 Apr 02, 2022

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If I understand what you want correctly, this is what @Ton Frederiks was instructing:

(Note: I did not try to match your design.)

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Looking at your screen grab, it looks like your blue text is NOT vector-based. It appears to be a raster, in which case you cannot do what you want in Illustrator. If you don't have vector at all, you'd be better of doing what you want in Photoshop.

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Apr 03, 2022 Apr 03, 2022

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Ethan,

 

To begin with I decided to spare you the Opacity Mask way, which requires a full black or white to work, but it can be (more) relevant with the text part as raster as keenly seen by Brad, if you wish to work in AI (and keep as much as possible as vector artwork).

 

You can change the colour of the text part to black, directly as vector (after an Image Trace), or as raster in PS and bringing it back into AI, then use Opacity Mask with both Clip and Invert Mask ticked (Invert mask unticked if white), no matter whether the clipped artwork is raster or vector.

 

 

Edit: Hi Brad.

 

 

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