Blend masked groups

LEGEND ,
Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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I notice that it is not possible to make a blend between groups containing clipping masks.

Is there a workaround?

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Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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I've tried converting the clipped objects to symbols. The symbols don't blend for me. Tried enclosing them in envelopes. The envelopes don't blend for me. The expand and flatten transparency commands seem to leave my clipped objects unscathed. The only way I could achieve a blend is destructive: I released the masks, then copied the top (masking) object and pasted in front,  then pathfinder>cropped. Blending the resulting groups produced a blend. 

 

Someone smarter surely knows or will find a non-destructive alternative.

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Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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Sorry. Let me correct terminology. I tried symbols and envelopes on the Clip Groups I wanted to blend. This was to no avail. I could make the blend by copying the masking objects in each Clip Group, then pasting the masking object in front, then pathfinder>crop. I did NOT need to release the Clip Groups themselves (they were released by the crop operation), but did need to recolor what was the clipping mask.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 21, 2021 Jan 21, 2021

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I found a workaround but not a real solution.

The original artwork was a simple group of strokes with a clipping path.

I copied a variation of it and then expected to be able to make a Blend between the two groups.

When this didn't work I tried colouring the clipping paths and then blending.

The resulting blend disregarded the clipping path but its colour was retained.

So on expanding the blend I could reapply the clipping mask on each step of the blend.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 21, 2021 Jan 21, 2021

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Steve,

 

As far as I can see, you have just extended our knowledge to include a hitherto hidden capability of Illy/Auntie Illie. A genuine new solution; no workaround.

 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 22, 2021 Jan 22, 2021

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Hi Jacob. Long time no nothing! The question still remains; why can't Auntie retain masks in blends? I can't see the logic.

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Jan 22, 2021 Jan 22, 2021

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Logic, Steve, or mysterious ways she moves in (ways that you can follow)?

 

Speaking of long time, have you some white to share, you know where? Here, the endless autumn has only been interrupted for a few days.

 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 23, 2021 Jan 23, 2021

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Not much of it so far here in the south. Currently blowing a northerly gale, so we get the cold without much of the white stuff.Mt. Esja with seagullMt. Esja with seagull

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 23, 2021 Jan 23, 2021

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Unusually exquisite and unwhite, Steve.

 

No taker tooken?

https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator/it-is-here/m-p/3158671#M7795

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LEGEND ,
Jan 23, 2021 Jan 23, 2021

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The taker isn't often tooken, but here's one of my better half taken on the "Islets of Mishap" (Hrakhólmar) the other day. These are skerries that flood quickly when the tide comes in, so you have to get your timing right.Road to RuinRoad to Ruin

 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021

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I tried doing a blend between uncoloured objects. No problem. Works perfectly. So what is it with masking paths that makes them behave differently?

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