I am trying to get the pink checker pattern to go on top of the red shapes. I have been trtried using the minus front, minus back, etc. I tried to do a clipping mask, but I might not be doing it right. Please help!

  • Does your flower decal have a transparent background? You won't be able to do what you want if "Layer 2" has a solid white background with the flower design.
    – AndrewH
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 20:33
  • No it doesn't. How do I go about doing that?
    – help
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 20:35
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    Select Layer 2, use the magic wand tool and select the red/pink part. Go to selection -> similar. This will select similar colors in the decal, make a new layer and fill the selection with the color you want. Make a clipping mask of the new layer decal with the pattern above that layer.
    – AndrewH
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 20:45

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Select the red shapes.. choose Object > Compound Path > Make

Move the red shapes above the checkers on the same layer.

Select the red and the checkers and choose Object > Clipping Mask > Make

That should do it.

An easier solution would be to make a pattern swatch of the checkers, then just fill the red shapes with the pattern.

  • That worked perfectly! Thank you so much! If I want to make this again, how would I go about making a pattern swatch of the checkers?
    – help
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 20:38
  • While a bit more complex THIS QUESTION (click me) covers a checkered pattern creation in Illustrator, @help
    – Scott
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 21:46

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