I am newbie to Illustrator, just started out like a few weeks ago and was hoping someone could help me with this.

I wanted to do a clipping mask over few blends and its kinda not working out...

This is how I want my artwork to look This is how I want my artwork to look like. And this is how it looks. And this is how it looks. When I add the background. When I add the background. Over here I am hiding the back part using a shape filled with white. My question is how to make a clipping mask to hide the parts which are in the back, meaning the left hand part ?

  • And if I try Pathfinder > Minus Back The entire left hand gets deleted. Jul 19, 2015 at 7:19
  • I don't really understand this question or what you are trying to achieve. "over here I am hiding" is really ambiguous.. over where?
    – Scott
    Jul 19, 2015 at 18:27
  • The left hand lines are intersecting the right because he is crossing his hands in an X shape so I want to hide the parts which are not supposed to be visible when seen from the front. Thanks for replying Scott. Jul 20, 2015 at 15:40
  • Thanks a lot Scott, I really appreciate you trying to help, I have finally figured this out, Layer Clipping Masks sure are confusing. Jul 20, 2015 at 15:45
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    @U.PraveenSuriyan You should post an answer describing your issue and how you fixed it then so others might benefit Jul 20, 2015 at 15:47

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Normally selecting the top layer and the bottom layer and using Pathfinder>Minus Back would do the job, but that does not work in case of Blends.

So what I did here is grouped the left hand of the character, including blade and using the PEN Tool made a shape only including the parts that should be visible in my Artwork. Then used the shape to mask the Left Hand of the character.


  • And voila, DONE.. phew.. Jul 20, 2015 at 16:00
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