I'm having an issue with a compound path and a clipping mask. It's driving me absolutely crazy.

There is a very fine outline which I can't seem to get rid of. I've attached screenshots to better-explain what I mean.

Here's the file in illustrator

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I've copied and pasted it into photoshop, and then applied an inner-shadow, which helps demonstrate the issue better. If you look at the "N" the blue strip doesn't look right. It's driving me nuts.

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I hope I've explained myself well enough, but if not - happy to answer any quesitons you may have.

Many thanks.

  • possible duplicate of Strange bordering in Illustrator
    – Scott
    Jan 3, 2014 at 13:42
  • Thanks for responding - tried that, but no joy :(
    – Nick
    Jan 3, 2014 at 14:04
  • Have you tried making the N it's own mask and putting the clipped part in it by itself to see if you get the same result? I know I've run into this before but I can't remember how I fixed it. :/
    – A Herrera
    Jan 3, 2014 at 17:44

2 Answers 2


1: Be sure that both blue objects (light and dark) are contained in the same clipping mask. Some people have a habit of using multiple paths for the same shape and it opens up to much room for human error.

2: If you want an inner shadow, you can always do that in Illustrator.

3: Have you tried placing it in Photoshop as a smart object instead of copy and paste?


Try expanding the appearance of the Compound Path to see if that might help.

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