From looking at this screenshot, I would like to put the pattern inside the text but keep the thick black outline. It is a bubble writing font. I have created 2 layers. One for the text, one for the pattern

I know it's a clipping mask of sorts (at least I think it is) but I have only been able to achieve this: https://prnt.sc/saxhrd

Thanks in advance :D

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Your type shapes are compound shapes, i.e. shapes with "holes" or "counters".

Use the Direct Selection Tool (White arrow) to select only the inner paths and delete them. Then make the mask. Or simply delete the inner shapes from your second image.

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You have to click the actual path for the inner shapes. For the "O" you'll need to delete 2 paths as show in the animation above.

  • I'm struggling to only select the inner paths. I have used the DST but can only seem to get the outline of the text, rather than the inside part. prnt.sc/saxspe
    – Luke C
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 21:41
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    @IdleAppsInc It takes a bit of practice. You have to click the path on the inside and only the path.
    – Scott
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 22:24
  • Use Ctrl+U to have better control when selecting paths or anchor points.
    – LeoNas
    Commented May 5, 2020 at 0:53

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