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I used a clipping mask to fill the outer circle with a glitter image. It won't allow me to make another clipping mask. So I'm at a loss as to how to do this. I'm new to Illustrator so please be detailed about the steps in your response.

  • Which excess rectangle are you talking about? The pink-purple (fuchsia? lavender?) one behind the front-most circle? Or the dark grey background? Or the white background? I’m guessing you only have the image as raster (JPEG/PNG/similar) so the obvious technique of selecting the offending object and just deleting it is unavailable? Sep 20, 2015 at 21:57
  • the pink one. And no I made this entire image in illustrator myself. I only want to delete the part of the rectangle that hangs over the edge of the circle. Sep 20, 2015 at 22:05
  • Oh, you want the left and right edges of the pink rectangle to flush with the edge of the glitter-black circle, making it visually a non-rectangle? I would intersect the two shapes, then, getting rid of the non-overlapping area. Sep 20, 2015 at 22:07
  • That sounds like what I want to do! Lol now.....about the actual how of how to do that Sep 20, 2015 at 22:09
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    One word: pathfinder tool (okay, one compound word). Sep 20, 2015 at 22:15

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  1. Release the clipping mask that contains the glitter
  2. Group the pink and glitter together on the same layer
  3. Re-create the clipping mask with the grouped glitter/pink item

Cut the pink. -- Select it and choose Edit > Cut

Use the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow) to click the "glitter"

Choose Edit > Paste in Front

This should place the pink items inside the same clipping mask used for the "glitter".

Beyond this, you'll need to show a screen shot of the Layers Panel expanded to show the objects and their layers to help any further.

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