I'm having issues with Adobe Illustrator clipping mask.

I'm learning as I go and have a created a masking path to work with a coloured rectangle. However, whenever I select 'Make Clipping Mask', the coloured box goes white.

This hasn't happened to me before, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong?

I've posted a gif to show you what I mean.

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2 Answers 2


Because the colored box is your clipping mask.

Clipping masks can not have fills.

If you want a colored background add another colored rectangle behind all the artwork, then make the clipping mask.

Whatever shape you use for a clipping mask should never have a fill. Well, you can add a fill. But as you've discovered, that fill will be removed when the object is set as a clipping mask.


You can again fill the clipping mask by the options above activating edit clipping mask button.

  • Yeah, but please be aware that the technical standards don't define this behaviour. Also bit of a problem for the shading engine.
    – joojaa
    Jan 13, 2021 at 9:17

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