I have a logo where I have applied effects to the text. I have a transparent image of some stars I would like to apply over the text but when I create a clipping mask it removes the colour of the text. I tried to create a pattern of the image and apply the pattern but that also removes the text colour. How can I keep the text colour / effects and place the stars image over it.

Im still new to Illustrator but have experience in photoshop where I can easily do this with a clipping mask.

Thanks for any help in advance. Maybe im just doing something simply wrong?

  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. What is an "image of some starts"? Any chance you could share an image showing what you are trying to achieve, and what has failed. A picture is worth a thousand words!
    – Billy Kerr
    Oct 29, 2019 at 23:09
  • Meant to write Stars
    – Duncher
    Nov 3, 2019 at 14:50

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Clipping masks in Illustrator aren't the same as in Photoshop. In fact, they are sort of reversed.

In Photoshop...

  • Layer containing content to be clipped
  • Layer defining boundaries of clip area (text layer, shape layer, etc)

Then you Option/Alt-click between the layers and the top layer is clipped to the bottom layer.

In Illustrator....

  • Shape defining clipping mask
  • Content to be clipped

Then you select both objects and choose Edit > Clipping mask > Make and the bottom object is clipped to the shape of the top object.

The difference is in Illustrator you need the shape defining the clipping mask above whatever is going to be clipped.

If you want to retain the base object appearance and add an additional clipping mask on top of it, you may need 3 objects (or compound shapes)

  • Clipping mask shape
  • Content to be clipped
  • Base shape for appearance

You then use the top 2 to create a clipping mask. Then possibly group that clipping mask with the bottom object to retain the base appearance.

This is merely a cursory explanation. Without some images it's difficult to provide exact execution for any specific artwork.

From what I could gather, you perhaps have the clipping shape below content and are getting the wrong clipping.

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