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Lesson 4. Advanced Masking > Masking in Illustrator

Masking in Illustrator

It is much simpler to mask in Illustrator than in Photoshop. For example, an easy way to make a mask in Illustrator is to use the pen tool or another drawing tool to create the masking shape (make sure it is in front of the objects to be masked), select the shape and the objects you want to mask, and then choose Object > Clipping Mask > Make. Creating some masks in Illustrator can be more involved. For example, if you want to mask one image or illustration with several separate shapes, you’ll need to create a compound mask. Illustrator 9 also lets you create opacity masks, which are similar to layer masks in Photoshop.

If you have not already done so, restore the default application settings for Adobe Illustrator. For instructions, see “Restoring default preferences” on page 4.

You’ll start this part of the lesson by viewing the final Lesson file to see the image that you will create.

1.
Restart Adobe Illustrator.

2.
Choose File > Open, and open the 04End.ai file, located in the Lessons/Lesson04/04AI folder on your hard drive.

3.
When you have finished viewing the file, either leave the End file open on your desktop for reference, or close it without saving changes.

For an illustration of the finished artwork for this lesson, see the color section.


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