At the bottom of the toolbar in Illustrator there used to be an option to paste inside a shape:

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It's a really convenient that helps you not have to make a clipping mask if you don't have to, and closer in use to the user-friendly way of placing an element inside another of InDesign.

But I cannot find this great feature anymore in Illustrator 2020. Where is it?

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It is there, it is just dimmed because you have nothing selected on your artboard. It is called "Draw Inside" mode and you can toggle the different drawing modes with the keyboard shortcut Shift+D. If you select something on your artboard for it to "Draw Inside" then it will be available for you.

It is true that it helps you not have to make a clipping mask manually, but it does create a Clipping Group the same as if you went to Object> Clipping Mask> Make.

Edit- Here are the screenshots you requested:


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  • Could you put a screenshot in your answer? Thanks Aug 21, 2020 at 4:51

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