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Im new to Illustrator and have found the clipping mask is not so easy compared to Phtoshop. Could any one tell me how i can make this line texture a clipping mask over the circle? enter image description here

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As the previous poster said, create what ever shape you want, circle, triangle, whatever, and place it on top of the image (Move to front), and then create the clipping mask. IF you want to undo the clipping mask, right click the image and go to undo clipping mask.

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Assuming you want the lines to be inside the circle....

  • Select the circle
  • Choose Edit > Copy
  • Deselect everything
  • Choose Edit > Paste in Front
  • Select the lines and the new circle (the pasted one)
  • Choose Object > Clipping Mask > Make

The difference between how Photoshop and Illustrator works regarding this is that you need to define the shape of the mask separately in Illustrator. With Photoshop you can simply clip to an existing layer. In Illustrator you need to specifically create the shape of the mask to be used (the pasted circle above).

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Arrange your artwork so that whatever you want to use as a clipping mask is on top. Select all the artwork you want to be clipped and the clipping mask then choose Object -> Clipping Mask -> Make or hit ctrl+7 on your keyboard. Done.

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I would argue this is in fact just as easy, if not easier than in Photoshop. –  joojaa Jul 2 at 11:15

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