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Masking

Have you ever seen those posters that show celebrity photos inside star shapes? Rather than cut the photo into the star shape, a mask is used to hide the parts of the image that are outside the star. Pasting an object inside another allows you to fill objects so that anything outside the objects will not be seen. The object that is filled is called a clipping path or mask.

To mask objects:

1.
Position the objects to be masked over the object that is to act as the clipping path 4.

Figure 4. A clipping path is needed so that the rectangles are not visible outside the edges of the star.


2.
Select the objects and choose Edit > Cut to put those objects on the clipboard.

3.
Select the object to be used as the clipping path and choose Edit > Paste Inside. The objects pasted from the clipboard are visible only inside the clipping path 5.

Figure 5. When the rectangles are pasted inside the star, the star acts as a clipping path.



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