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Creating Clipping Masks


Any object or group of objects can have a clipping mask applied. The mask ensures only parts of the object are visible. This is often useful for images where you may want to hide the background for example.

In this example, we want to apply a clipping mask to the image of the car.

A shape is drawn using the drawing tools.

This shape will be used to make the clipping mask.

Any path may be used as clipping path, not simply those created using the built- in drawing tools.

With the new shape selected, choose Object > Clipping Mask > Convert To Clip.

The shape will then become a pink outline.

Now select both the clip path and the image and choose :
Object > Clipping Mask > Add To Clip.




The image has now been added to the clipping mask. The parts of the image that are "outside" the mask are not displayed.

You can still move the mask and objects within it independently.



  • Any empty clipping masks are automatically removed when a PDF is opened.
  • Clip paths have no line width, fill or stroke colour
  • Clip paths can be moved independently of the objects being clipped.