Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Clipping Mask Tutorial

Today I'm going off a bit of the beaten path and offering a wee tutorial on making a clipping mask in Adobe's Illustrator CS3. It's one of those things I always wanted to know before I knew how, and the fact that it's so easy, I thought I'd share it here. I made a cover for last week's newsletter using a clipping mask, and so I'm using that as the example. Thanks to Dallas Shaw for the use of her image (of her beautiful new vintage key series) and to for (Bleeding Cowboys) courtesy of I may not do it the correct way, but this is the way I do it. Here it goes:

1. Open a new document to the size specs you need. Place the image you wish to use onto your document.

2. Choose the font and font size you need for your project by clicking on the Type button and then the font button. Choose the font. Click on the T in the toolbar and type the word placing it over the image. Make the font color white. (Use a font that has a wider thickness).

3. With the selection tool click on the word then choose no color for the font. The font will look like it disappeared. While keeping the selection tool on the word, click on the shift key holding it down and then click outside of the word on the image. Both the word and the image will be selected. Click on Object and then on clipping mask and then click on make.

And that is basically it! Happy clip masking!