I am trying to make a clipping mask using a gold foil background and a mandala. When I try to make the clipping mask it says "The top object is very complex, and may fail the document to print or preview if used as a mask. Do you want to make it a mask anyway?". I click yes, and both objects dissappear. Could you help me on how to create clipping masks with complex objects?

Thank you!

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The mask must be a path or a compound path and must be the top object, these are the rules.

See it at the properties bar, left top position.

If it says is an object or a group, make sure to ungroup it or make it a compound path using: Ctrl 8 .


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