Masking & Masks in Illustrator in 10 Minutes!

CLIPPING MASKS, LAYER MASKS, AND MORE! | Learn all about masks in Adobe Illustrator in a snap!

In this Illustrator tutorial, we will talk about how to create clipping masks and why and when to use them and I’ll also cover how to create and edit layer masks. We will talk about all kinds of tips and tricks for using masks and how to take great advantage of them for your graphic design projects!

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  1. CLIPPING MASK FOR BACKGROUND GRAPHIC
    1. Create a rectangle to shape of the document. Fill can be any color. No stroke.
    2. Drag the rectangle down to JUST above the artwork that needs to be clipped.
    3. Go Object>Clipping Mask>Make
    4. LAYER MASK SOLID COLOR
    5. Create layer mask and hide half of the logo on the left with a black rectangle.
    6. Show how to clip/unclip the whole thing.
    7. Get it filled with solid black… or white.
  2. LAYER MASK GRADIENT
    1. Create another layer mask and use a gradient fill to fade away half the logo on the right.
    2. Show everything, but use a gradient fill.
  3. LAYER MASK TO PUNCH TEXT HOLE IN BANNER
    1. Open up the artwork group and find the text.
    2. Shut off those text layers.
    3. Copy and Paste in front the regular text.
    4. Set fill to solid 100% black.
    5. Cut this artwork to the clipboard.
    6. Add a layer mask to the ribbon/shape layer.
    7. Check OFF Clip and choose to Edit>Paste in place.
    8. You will need to add the arc to this again.
    9. Go Effect>Warp>Arc and choose an 18% arc.
    10. Text will be perfectly positioned in the middle of the ribbon.