I have a square artboard in illustrator CS6. There are multiple layers and sub-layers on the board. I want to have a circular artboard and keep the editing capabilities within the circle if possible (not essential). I then want to place my circular artboard (design) on top of another illustrator artboard so that you only see the details within the circle. Can I do this or can I make the information that is outside the circle transparent?

  • Its called a clipping mask.... but everything has to be in one layer. – joojaa Apr 20 '15 at 17:17
  • Terminology can be important. It is impossible to create an artboard that is anything other than rectangular. It just can not be done. You can create artwork that is circular in nature however. – Scott Apr 20 '15 at 17:25
  • Thanks Joojaa. You are correct Scott. Forgive my ignorance of correct terminology! I need to cut a circular artwork out of my artboard. I want to place this circular artwork ontop of another document. Therefore, I believe joojaa is correct in that I simply create a clipping mask but thereby forfeit editing capabilities? Thanks to you both! – Jim Apr 20 '15 at 17:32
  • You will only lose layers if you use a clipping mask. All clipping mask content has to be on the same layer. Is the layer structure important to you? – Scott Apr 20 '15 at 17:35
  • Thanks Scott. No the structure is not important... – Jim Apr 20 '15 at 17:40

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