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I'm trying to create a clipping mask where my text takes on the colors of the picture underneath it. This is the desired effect:

desired effect

I have been able to create a regular clipping mask as seen here, but the text around the image disappears and gets cut off (also inside, in the white areas). Instead, I would like it these areas to be grey and not disappear.

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What you actually want is an Opacity mask not a clipping mask.

Select all and click the Make Mask button on the Transparency Panel, you may then need to click the invert or clip options on the panel as well.

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