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Part: V Getting the Most Out of Illustrator > Using Masks to Show and Hide

Chapter 17. Using Masks to Show and Hide

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Clipping Masks

Opacity Masks

Troubleshooting

Masks in Illustrator come in two varieties: clipping and opacity. Clipping masks hide part of an object or image. Opacity masks use a pattern or gradient to selectively expose parts of an object or image. A practical difference is that opacity masks can be semitransparent, whereas clipping masks cannot. Figure 17.1 shows an image and how it can be affected by the two types of masks.


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