It’s time for another tutorial to beef up your graphic design skills! Today, I’m going to show you how to cut out an image in Illustrator.
When you think about cutting out images you’re first instinct is probably to go straight to Photoshop. For the most part, photoshop is the preferred medium for image clipping because it has a few more tools for the job, but, if you’re tired of toggling between Photoshop and Illustrator all the time, there is a way you can cut out an image without leaving Illustrator at all. How is it done? Clipping masks.
Clipping masks are a super basic tool, but they can be insanely useful! One benefit to using clipping masks is that you don’t actually delete the background, and if you ever want to look at the rest of the picture again, all you have to do is hide the clipping mask. Also, if you don’t get the mask exactly right, you can always go back and edit the points later.
The two tools you’ll learn about in this tutorial are:
Thank you to reader Michelle who suggested this tutorial idea! Knowing how to create clipping masks is a necessity for any designer. If you have any questions, or want to request a specific tutorial, be sure to leave a comment and let me know!
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