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Illustrator won't make clipping mask

Community Beginner ,
Aug 08, 2013 Aug 08, 2013

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I have the illustration wich is basically just some dots, i grouped all the dots. Put my text in front of it select both, make clipping mask. The text becomes white and it says the top object is very complex and may cause the document to fail to print or preview if used as a mask.

What am i doing wrong?

Thanks in advance.

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Aug 08, 2013 Aug 08, 2013

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Lou,

It ought to work.

Is the Type outlined? If it is, you should select all the letters and Object>Compound Path>Make.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 08, 2013 Aug 08, 2013

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Sorry clicked yes by accident, but no it still doesn't work. the text was outlined, it tried that what you sad but it still says it's too complex.

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New Here ,
Mar 27, 2018 Mar 27, 2018

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This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!

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Community Expert ,
Mar 27, 2018 Mar 27, 2018

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You are welcome, Victoria.

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New Here ,
Jan 31, 2024 Jan 31, 2024

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This has worked for me, thank you, still relevant in 2024

 

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Community Expert ,
Feb 01, 2024 Feb 01, 2024

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You are welcome, Heatonix.

 

The Clipping Mask Tread lives.

 

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LEGEND ,
Aug 08, 2013 Aug 08, 2013

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Are you sure the text is above the grouped dots in the layers panel?

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 08, 2013 Aug 08, 2013

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Very sure. I can't upload the pictures tho, the text was outlined aswell.

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Aug 08, 2013 Aug 08, 2013

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Could anyone help me using team viewer

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LEGEND ,
Aug 08, 2013 Aug 08, 2013

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There was no real reason to otline he text but since you did what you hae to is

1 Sellect the letters of the outline text group and ungroup the letters

2. wile still selected go to Object>Compound Path>Make

(even though it looks like it is already a compound path)(The active release item refers to the individual letters and yo have o make the group of letters into a compund pah as well!)

3. Now select the letters and the group dots andd make a clipping mask.

This will give you the desired results.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 08, 2013 Aug 08, 2013

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Did it, it says. Can't make clipping mask. A path used as a clipping maks must contain at least two connected anchor paths

Thank you for replying by the way

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 08, 2013 Aug 08, 2013

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It worked, thank you

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LEGEND ,
Aug 08, 2013 Aug 08, 2013

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I am glad you have it working now.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017

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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

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LEGEND ,
Mar 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017

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Just be aware there is no need to outline text to use it as a clipping mask unless you also want to edit the font outline.

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Community Expert ,
Aug 08, 2013 Aug 08, 2013

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Just upload a screenshot and people will be able to help.

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Explorer ,
Jun 07, 2014 Jun 07, 2014

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I found it on youtube

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New Here ,
Aug 19, 2020 Aug 19, 2020

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If anyone else is struggling with a similar issue. I just realized I had already made a clipping mask in a part of the document previously and didn't realize or remember that.. I had to release that before I could make another. Spent way too much time before I realized my mistake. I found the mistake when looking at the "layers" box. 

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New Here ,
Jun 21, 2023 Jun 21, 2023

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Restarting Illustrator tends to work alot of the time for me. Go figure ……?

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