I have an image and a compound path. I want to create a clipping mask for this group of objects in Illustrator. But I'm facing this problem:

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Where is the problem? Do you have any suggestion?

  • I'm guessing the compound path is your problem. If you give your compound path a fill before creating the clipping mask what does it look like?
    – Cai
    Jun 19 '16 at 17:33
  • Yes, you are right. The compound path is the problem. Maybe the anchors? image
    – Fotis
    Jun 19 '16 at 18:09

The problem is your compound path. If you want to use the whole template as a clipping mask you need one continuous closed shape, what you currently have is a number of different (possibly open) paths.

If your paths are open select overlapping or adjacent end points and use the join command (cmd+J) until you have a closed single path. If the paths are closed you can either edit the existing paths or draw new shapes to fill the gaps and use Parhfinder's Unite command to create a single shape. Or a combination of both. Basically just create one single path.

If you don't need the clipping path to be exact (say you need a 3mm bleed around the template you have) just draw a new single path around the existing template.

  • You are absolutely right. Thank you for your kind help!
    – Fotis
    Jun 20 '16 at 17:37

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