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In Illustrator how can I merge this roof vector to the background of the square?

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roof and square

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marked as duplicate by Benteh, Scott, Yisela Mar 2 '14 at 19:43

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I'm finding it difficult to understand what you want the end result to be. Could you include an illustration (perhaps done with Photoshop) of what the finished product should look like? – JohnB Mar 2 '14 at 12:57
I have the feeling that a clipping mask is what you desire. Do you want it to look like this? – Saaru Lindestøkke Mar 2 '14 at 13:15
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As @Bart Arondson has pointed out, what you want to use is a clipping mask.

This is how it works:

You need to group your roof-tiles first. Select all of them with the black selection arrow, and use cmd+G or go to Object -> Group.

Then you make sure your square is on top of the roof-tiles group. Pretend this multicoloured pattern is your roof.

Select both roof and box and go to Object -> Clipping mask -> make:

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That should give you this result:

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