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So I'm using Adobe Illustrator and I've got three colors, white, and two different shades of gray. when I make a mask with all three colors it turns out great, but when I put the new graphic in front of a white background it doesn't show up even though there's gray in the art. Even when I print the art, it all prints white... Does anyone know how to make sure the grays still show up?

  • A screenshot would really help here – Manly Dec 13 '16 at 18:21
  • Is the white background the artboard or another graphic? If it's the latter try bringing the graphic to front Command + Shift + ] so it appears on top of the shape. Also agree with @Manly, a screenshot would clear things up considerably. – zeethreepio Dec 13 '16 at 18:23
  • i tried the command + shift + ] didnt get much, hope the picture can help a little more? – Kimball Dec 13 '16 at 18:28
  • I'm having difficulty understanding the issue. Are all these "greys" spot color or just tints of black? And part of me thinks, if you are masking the art should be black on a white background, not white on white. – Scott Dec 13 '16 at 18:33
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    Looks to me like the grey is actually semi-transparent white. So you're artwork actually is all white but with varying opacity... which over black obviously makes grey – Cai Dec 13 '16 at 19:02
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I was able to recreate the issue by using a mask shape filled with white and using it to clip from behind the patterns:

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What's happening here is the mask is being clipped by the grays, thus making your gray textures a white, semi-transparent fill. Try bringing the mask shape to the front, Command + Shift + ], before clipping and you'll have a result more like this:

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  • That's because you're using the grey to mask the white, which end up with the situation I suggested in my previous comment; various levels of transparent white :) – Cai Dec 13 '16 at 21:26
  • @Cai, agreed (that was my upvote on your comment). – zeethreepio Dec 13 '16 at 21:33

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