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Masking Objects

A mask conceals, or covers, parts of an object behind the mask, yet it reveals parts of the object behind it as well. For example, a mask that you wear to a masquerade party might cover parts of your face, yet some parts might not be covered. A mask in Illustrator works in much the same way: You can use just about any shape or object in Illustrator to mask other elements in your design. After a mask is applied, you can edit the art behind the mask or the mask itself, independently of each other.

You can apply basically three types of masks in Illustrator: a clipping mask, a layer clipping mask, and an opacity mask. Each of these masks has its own specific uses and capabilities.


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