I need to create a circular selection of a vector. If I would use Photoshop I would create a circular selection using the marquee tools (M) and then I would crop the image to that selection, invert my selection and remove the non-circular stuff. This is depicted in the gif below. However, how can I achieve the same result in Illustrator?
- Draw a circle above the shape.
- Select the circle and the shape below it.
Object > Clipping Mask > Makefrom the menu.
You can learn more about Illustrator clipping masks by reviewing the Adobe Illustrator Help Files.
There are several ways this could be done.
First draw a circle above the vector, and select both the circle and vector
Then do one of the following:
- Open the Pathfinder, and hit "Intersect". This is a boolean operation which will phyiscally cut the graphic where the circle overlaps it, and delete the parts outside the circle.
- Use the ShapeBuilder tool, and click on the head, then hold down Alt and click on the other pieces to delete them. Essentially the result is a cut shape.
- Do Object > Clipping Mask > Make. This makes a clipping path, and is non-destrutive. The original graphic is not cut.
- Ensure the circle is filled white with no stroke, then open the Appearance panel, double click on Opacity, and click Make Mask. This creates an opacity mask, which like a clipping mask is also non-destructive.
- Ensure the circle has no fill and stroke. Select the Shaper Tool, and draw a squiggly line over the parts outside the circle. This is also creates a non-destructive edit, called a Shaper Group.