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I've used a clipping mask to obtain the top ribbon, but I was wondering how I could get the same effect with the bottom ribbon, where the ribbon is filled in with the horizontal lines.

Thanks in advance, Michael

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I don't really understand. The method would be the same for both images. –  Scott Oct 21 '13 at 20:05
The top ribbon required me to create a box that fully contained the horizontal lines. The bottom ribbon does not contain the horizontal lines in full, but the lines actually overflow out of the ribbon. This doesn't let me use a clipping mask. I was wondering if there is some sort of invert clipping mask that could do what I want. –  Michael Yom Oct 21 '13 at 20:08
Anyone have any ideas? –  Michael Yom Oct 21 '13 at 20:48
I don't understand at all. By definition a clipping mask HIDES items outside a shape's boundaries. Can't you simply select a ribbon shape and the lines and choose Object > Clipping Mask > Make? –  Scott Oct 21 '13 at 21:49
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I think what you are asking is how to get the squiggly lines in the ribbon.

One way you could do it is..

  • Select the layer with the squiggly lines.
  • Ctrl+Click on the layer with your ribbon (the one you want the pattern on).
  • On your layer window/tab, click on the "Add layer mask" button.

This is the most simplest way I can think of doing it. But if you wanted the squiggly lines to bend with your ribbon, that's going to take some work.

To align the pattern with the arch of the ribbon..

  • -Divide the ribbon in half, vertically( so you have left and right pieces). Delete one half and keep the other.
  • Select your squiggly line layer. Go to Edit > Transform > Warp
  • Play around with warping the lines until you get your desired effect.
  • Follow masking instructions from above.
  • Duplicate the layers to create a mirrored half.

If you follow the above, you will notice that your mirrored squiggly lines may not look too great. If you are up for the challenge, I suggest you try warping the entire squiggly line layer to fit the curve of your ribbon.

I hope this was helpful. Good luck.

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The warping works wonderfully, thanks. The problem I've had all along was that when I make the clipping mask, everything becomes transparent. Any insight? –  Michael Yom Oct 23 '13 at 17:21
Nevermind, the problem was that the ribbon consisted of 3 different objects which were grouped. I ungrouped them, clipped each part separately, and grouped them afterwards. Thank you! –  Michael Yom Oct 23 '13 at 17:56
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