I am building mandalas on Illustrator using this method.


Simply put, he uses the polar grid tool to create a slice of whatever number of "spokes" you want, splits and joins the points to create a single path. Then creates a symbol inside a symbol that contains a clipping mask so that when you draw outisde the lines of the slice you won't see it on the finished mandala.

I have followed this tutorial fairly preciesely and continue to experience this issue.

Here is what is happening.

I create my slice and duplicate with the rotate copy tool everything goes fine. I have no gaps (see image 1) and I have my closed path with the clipping mask above my 2nd path to show me my bounding edges.

When I draw a line outside my clipping mask it throws my mask off and shows it "moved" even though i didn't move anything and have my layers locked.

I will include photos to show you what I mean.

  • Image 1 - The mandala as it looks blank showing no skewing
  • Image 2 - The Isolation mode instance of the slice showing my layers
  • Image 3 - The test - when I draw outside the box in the slice Isolation mode
  • Image 4 - What the mandala looks like if I do nothing showing the mask has shifted.
  • Image 5 - If I trim the line this issue doesn't happen as much (what it SHOULD look like - notice the white gap missing...)
  • Image 6 - one more example to show extremes

If I undo these lines that go outside the "mask" the shape returns to Image 1.

I must have a setting somewhere that I am unaware is on. Please help. There's no point to me having a clipping mask even on if I have to trim the damn lines everytime I make one. Thank you in advance.

Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4 Image 5 Image 6

  • Tested Compound Path: Issue persists if I make the original path selection a compound path instead of a joined path.
    – Ynonymouse
    Apr 22 '18 at 4:01
  • I'm having a hard time following what you are doing and where your problems are. (I didn't watch more than 5 seconds of the video, it shouldn't be necessary). You should be aware Illustrator CS4 symbols are far more limited than Illustrator CC symbols. There have been several feature upgrades to symbols over the years. It's clear in the video Illustrator CC is in use.
    – Scott
    Apr 22 '18 at 7:12
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    Like you, I can't get Illustrator CS4 to play nice with this tutorial. It would seem the symbol is expanding to contain the strokes, despite the presence of a clipping mask. However, it works fine in Illustrator CC.
    – Billy Kerr
    Apr 22 '18 at 12:55
  • Thank you. So this issue is some sort of known bug then with CS4. Is this with all use of clipping masks or is it just with the symbols? All I am doing is creating a mask of the same pizza slice shape and then trying to draw in the isolation of the saved symbol so that it repeats through the rest of the mandala.
    – Ynonymouse
    Apr 22 '18 at 23:32
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    The issue is most likely due to missing features in CS4, not bugs.
    – Scott
    Apr 23 '18 at 3:17

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