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Adobe Illustrator Clipping Masking Across Multiple Objects

When you want to have multiple objects share the same background and in a clipping mask, you have to combine all those objects into a single compound path, even if the objects are already compound paths. Grouping / selecting multiple objects together won’t help.

  • To make a compound path [Object > Compound Paths > Make]
  • Make sure the masking shape is on top, and the pattern to be masked is on the bottom.
  • Looking at the Layers Panel will give you an idea how your objects are being built.
  • Illustrator CS5’s new “Paint Inside” mode is EXACTLY a clipping path, and the option will be grayed out if you don’t set up the compound path properly.
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  1. Sazeeb
    2010/07/24 at 11:09 am

    Nice tutorial.I will be back agin here.

  2. 2010/11/16 at 7:40 pm

    thankyou, this problem has been driving me crazy.

    • 2016/07/07 at 7:48 pm

      I did it with two arrows… doesn’t work… stupid tutorial

  3. Lina
    2011/05/19 at 5:07 am

    Yes thanks a lot, this has been driving me crazy as well! And to find the answer was not very easy. Discovering this site feels like discovering a little treasure.

  4. ross
    2011/06/07 at 3:59 pm

    thank you. thank you. thank you.

  5. hbalex
    2012/07/14 at 9:03 pm

    Thank you soo soo much.

  6. Quintin
    2012/08/26 at 4:03 pm

    Finally! Thank you so much!!

  7. wichp
    2012/12/10 at 12:35 pm

    wow. help me a lot
    thank you so much

  8. 2016/07/07 at 7:49 pm

    doesn’t work

    • Canvai
      2016/07/07 at 9:40 pm

      make sure you make a compound shape, not just combine the shapes in pathfinder??

      • Lindsay
        2016/12/08 at 3:37 pm

        Yes! Thank you!!

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