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I'm new to Adobe Illustrator, and currently I'm trying to cut a letter off by an object. In the following I am going to explain what I mean:

  • I have drawn a rectangle.
  • I have written some text.
  • I positioned the text over the rectangle, so that parts of the text are inside of the rectangle, parts of it are outside.

What I now want to achieve is to cut off every part of the text that is outside the rectangle.

Please note that I do not want to subtract the text from the rectangle - the text (at least the part which is inside) shall still be there.

How could I accomplish this task?

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If I understand you correctly; there are a few ways, and this is one:

Create text, create the rectangle. Then do the following: select both, go to object -> clipping mask -> make. It does not matter what the box looks like. This should give you the text that was "underneath" the box.

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I agree about using a clipping mask.. but no need to outline text. –  Scott Feb 6 at 21:27
    
Ah! nice, @Scott curiously, I have not tried without :D –  Random O'Reilly Feb 6 at 21:28
    
Basically a very nice solution, but this means that I have the rectangle on top of the text - I want it the other way round (text on top of rectangle). AFAICS this does not work using a clipping mask, does it? –  Golo Roden Feb 7 at 6:56
    
Not sure what you mean. The rectangle "disappears" and you are left with only the bit of text. Why does the rectangle have to be behind the text? –  Random O'Reilly Feb 7 at 10:20
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The rectangle 'behind the text' is coloured? Just pop another coloured rectangle behind it. –  Yokel Feb 7 at 13:58
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