I'm SO frustrated! I mocked up this design the other day with no issues and today none of the functions are working. I dragged my image in, placed it behind the letter I want to use as a mask, selected both, then got this message??? CLipping Mask issue

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Being able to see your layers panel would clarify, but the message is pretty self-explanitory:

The selection cannot contain objects within different groups unless the entire group is selected.

You have objects from different groups selected. I assume that the entire word is a group but you only have one letter selected. Either select the goup, or ungroup and select the letter.

  • wont that mask the whole word? Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 16:33
  • Oh, wait-- you mean to ungroup first? (I'm a newbie- forgive me!) Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 16:34
  • If you only want to use the path of the one letter then yes, ungroup until you have the path on its own and not in any groups
    – Cai
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 16:41
  • I've tried grouped and un-groups and I've now re-made this 5 times with no luck. Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 17:35
  • The only reason that message would show is because you're selecting grouped objects. Could you update your question with a screenshot of your layers panel?
    – Cai
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 17:38

duplicate the same word & ungroup until you have the needed path. Make it colorless and clip mask separately with the image and place your mask back where you want it on the word & group the whole thing. Make sure to delete the existing path on the word.

Hope this helps..


That's not self-explanatory at all. That message comes up when inside the group there are hidden layers. Simply delete or unhide those layers and it will work

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