I am working in Illustrator with this clipart, and part of the hand is a clipping mask I cannot seem to turn into a "normal" shape:

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When I release the Clipping Mask, I get:

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This is what the Layers Panel looks like, the Clipping Mask gives the shape its form and then cuts through a skin-toned square":

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I tried following this answer, but it didn't work. None of the Pathfinder or Expand actions produce the desired result.

The file is here.

How do I turn this element into a "normal" shape?

  • Just copy the shading on square onto the clipping mask shape and delete square.
    – joojaa
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 5:35
  • I don't know how to do that - can you explicit? Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 5:49

1 Answer 1


The Index Finger has a clipping mask on it to support a gradient fill (which can't be seen because its behind the card).

It's a simple thing to remove.

  • Select All
  • Choose Object > Clipping Mask > Release from the menu
  • Select the (now visible) rectangle fill edge and delete it
  • Select the "hollow" shape for the index finger and fill it with the flesh tone.

You could stop here, or if you want simple, basic, flat art...

  • Select All
  • Hit the Merge Button on the Pathfinder Panel

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(CS6 animation)

  • Does the trick! Thanks! Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 16:26

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