I am trying to figure out how to apply a distressed effect using a clipping mask. I am having difficulty recreating what I have next to me on the left, when I try to apply the clipping mask I'm told I'm unable to. I can get the distressed look using an opacity mask, but I'd like to learn how to use a clipping mask like the original artwork was done. Here's what I'm working withenter image description here

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Here's my file https://filebin.net/b168rps94rnxv940

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If you are using a raster texture file that is the problem. You cannot create clipping masks using raster images.

Use Live Trace to trace the raster texture, converting it to vector. Then it should work for a clipping mask. Be aware, unlike opacity masks, clipping masks do not support subtle transparency.... things must be black or white.. no grey.

---- but, there's nothing wrong with Opacity Masks.

Note that in your file there's no actual masking taking place.

The distressed raster image is merely the same color as the jersey. So when it's placed on top of the jersey, the red of the logo appears to be removed. However, it's merely the grey raster image covering the logo, Nothing is masked.

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