I have used a clipping mask in Illustrator on a vector object. When I export as EMF and import in to PowerPoint the mask got released.

Is there any way to export from Illustrator and retain the clipping mask to use in PowerPoint?

  • Powerpoint's datamodel does not.have clipping masks as far as im aware of so it will not work – joojaa Jun 21 '17 at 4:12

Clipping masks don't work outside of Illustrator. Use your illustration as a transparent PNG instead.


Expand and flatten the clipping mask in Illustrator. Then save.

For Powerpoint, the WMF or EMF files needs to be as simple as possible. Or save as a PNG in Illustrator and use that in Powerpoint since Microsoft apps really prefer RGB raster files.


Use Pathfinder Divide prior to export.

  • 1
    Can you edit your answer expand to explain how that solves it? that's a very short answer as it is. – Luciano Nov 30 '18 at 9:16

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