Illustrator 3.15 [clipping mask from live paint]

“Creating a clipping mask from a live paint object”


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  1. Open an Adobe Illustrator line drawing (see tutorial for live trace or importing from AutoCAD)
  2. Change the name of the primary layer (Layer 1 by default) to “base drawing.” You can do this by double clicking on the layer name in the layer palette.
  3. Make a duplicate of the “base drawing” layer and name it “live paint 1.”
  4. To do this, select the layer you want to duplicate from the layer palette, click on the shortcut menu and select “duplicate ‘base drawing’.”
  5. Hide your original “base drawing” by clicking on the eye next to the layer name in the layer palette.[premium content]
  6. Select all the lines by drawing a box around them with the select tool (black arrow) or by pressing ctrl + a (cmd + a on a mac).
  7. With all the objects selected, click on the “live paint bucket” tool in the tool palette.[premium content]
  8. When you move your mouse over the selected lines, the lines will turn red and text will appear nest to your cursor saying “Click to make a Live Paint group.” Click when your mouse is red to make a live paint group.[premium content]
  9. Now, regions of your drawing will be highlighted in red and can be filled with your fill color. You should double check to make sure that you have a fill color assigned from the color swatches in your tool palette. I tend to us a bright color for this so that I can easily distinguish the fills.[premium content]
  10. After you have filled all the regions you want, click the expand button in the properties bar at the top of the page.[premium content]
  11. Now, using the white arrow tool, click on the white space around your drawing (to make sure nothing is selected. Click on the recently filled region (shift click to select more than one region).
  12. With the fills selected, go to the layer palette and using the shortcut menu select “New Layer…” Name the layer “clipping mask 1.”[premium content]
  13. Drag the square next to the “live paint 1” to the “clipping mask 1” layer. You have now moved the fills onto the “clipping mask 1” layer. Your layer palette should look something like the one at the right.
  14. Hide the “live paint 1” layer by clicking the eye to the left of the layer name.
  15. Expand the “clipping mask 1” layer to reveal its contents by clicking on the arrow next to the layer name.
  16. Select both fill objects if they are not still selected using the white arrow tool (your original line drawing should no longer be visible.)
  17. If you have two or more fill objects, you need to make a compound path from them. To do so, navigate to Object>Compound Path>Make. You will notice the “<group>” object under the “clipping mask 1” layer will change to “<compound path>.”
  18. Use File>Place to insert an image of the texture (or photograph) you would like to mask.
  19. Make sure it is on the “clipping mask 1” layer and that it is below the “<compound path>.” Your layer palette should look like the one at the right. Note: there must be only one compound path, but there can be many images![premium content]
  20. Make sure “clipping mask 1” is highlighted in the layer palette. From the layer palette shortcut menu, select “Make Clipping Mask”
  21. That’s it, you’re done!

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