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For example, I want to draw a teal circle with part of an orange circle on it.

When I select them both and choose "make clipping mask", it gives me the correct orange part, but the teal part is now invisible:

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Here is what happens in Photoshop and what I'm trying to achieve in Illustrator:

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    Shapebuilder would also be pretty simple for this task: Shapebuilder tool - You can erase by holding down the Alt modifier. — There's also the Window > Pathfinder, in which you could use the Divide. Hovering over the icons shows the names. It's the one at the bottom left. It's more destructive than using masks. Pathfinder is sorta like a cookie cutter. – Joonas Sep 28 '18 at 22:52
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Once the Clipping Mask is made

  • Get the Direct Selection Tool and click on the mask edge to select it
  • Fill it

colored mask

  • Thanks, that seemed to work. I don't supposed there's a setting anywhere that does that by default? – stackers Sep 28 '18 at 22:12
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    I don't think so. Anyway, the best way to work with Illustrator is not thinking in a Photoshop way and viceversa. – Danielillo Sep 28 '18 at 22:14
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Whatever shape is used for the mask shape is automatically invisible

Clone the shape you want to use as your mask (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F) and then select all and make the mask.

Make sure that the mask shape is on top. clipping mask will follow whatever the top shape is.

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