I'm trying to create a design for a print, I have been sent an Adobe Illustrator template file with a an outline of the printable area which I need to add my design to.

I don't have much experience with Illustrator and I was looking for a kind of live paint bucket tool but for placing an image inside the wire frame template. I basically just want to crop my image into the template, but I have no idea how.

Any ideas how to do this?


What you are looking for is a clipping mask.

Draw a rectangle (or any shape) which covers the area you want the image to show in. Place the shape above the image.

Select the image and the shape, and choose Object > Clipping Mask > Make from the menu.

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