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I have a picture that I can open with Illustrator and then I want to crop it using a cloud shape like SnagIt does very easily but I'd rather don't buy it yet if I can accomplish the same using Illustrator.

How can I do that? I need the cloud pattern first ... is there a stock of reusable patterns somewhere?

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    Can you please show an example of what Snagit does, or what you are trying to achieve. What kind of image are you trying to crop? Is it a raster image, or a vector image? Are you perhaps asking about how to make a clipping mask? Not sure what you mean by a cloud pattern. Do you mean single cloud shape, or a bunch of clouds in a pattern? There are many stock art sites that sell vectors for Adobe Illustrator - but it's not exactly hard to draw a cloud. Please add details to your question. Thanks.
    – Billy Kerr
    Aug 9, 2018 at 10:56
  • Yes you are right sorry for my poor terminology I am not a designer :( indeed I need a clipping mask to have the shape of the contour of my image as a cloud, the content of the image is a wordcloud ... I import my image in Illustrator and it converts it to editable objects/path
    – SkyWalker
    Aug 9, 2018 at 14:01
  • Possible duplicate of How to crop an image in Illustrator?
    – LeoNas
    Aug 9, 2018 at 16:23
  • Why cant you just make your own cloud?
    – joojaa
    Aug 9, 2018 at 16:36
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because you are asking multiple questions at once. Also, we offer assistance with design issues you might have, we will not however search the web for (free) resources, your can do that yourself. Please read our tour and how to ask and edit your question accordingly.
    – PieBie
    Aug 10, 2018 at 7:23

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SnagIt uses predefined trim edges to get its effects, and is a raster (pixel) program - you said you're pulling your word cloud into Illustrator as editable paths - so either it's coming in vector or you're Live Tracing it to become vector.

Once you're in Illustrator in an all-vector scenario, it's a bit more complicated, but you've far more control - you will group your disparate text and paths together, you will draw your cloud edge shape, and then you will select both the group underneath and the cloud shape above and right-click - choose "create clipping mask" and you'll be in business!

Grouped text underneath, cloud shape on top (coloured pink for clarity) - select both enter image description here

Right click enter image description here

Aaaand... Bob's yer Uncle! enter image description here

Hope that helps!

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