Create Clipping Masks in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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    To begin, you should open Adobe Illustrator CS6 either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon
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    This will reveal a list of recently used programs. You may find Illustrator on the list. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you can't see Illustrator in the start menu, use the search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator"
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6"
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    It will immediately start loading and take you directly to the workspace. You need a document now.
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    Click "File" in the horizontal menu in the top-left corner
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    Click "New..." to open up a new document
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    Alternatively, press "Ctrl" + "N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and how to open documents.
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    For this tutorial, let's click "OK"
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    Click "File" again
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    Click "Place..."
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    Find your image and click it
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    In this video, a file from desktop is clicked.
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    Then, click "Place" in the dialogue box
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    In this video, the image will be bigger than the canvas.
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    If you need to resize your image, click the "Selection Tool" black arrow
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    Now, you can move and resize the image.
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    Next, click "Type Tool" on the vertical toolbar
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    The settings at the top will change to the "Type Tool" parameters.
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    If you are familiar with font names, you can also click the "Font" drop-down menu
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    Then, click a font.
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    Otherwise, click "Type" in the top menu
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    Then, move the cursor to "Fonts"
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    You will find previews of the fonts. Click one to select it.
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    Click the "Font Size" drop-down menu to resize the font
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    Let's click "72pt"
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    Click the image
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    Start typing
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    Let's type "COUNTRYSIDE".
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    If you want to resize the text you have just typed, click "Selection Tool"
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    Now, you can resize the font according to your preferences by clicking the text
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    Click and drag the anchor points to resize the text
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    For more information, refer to our tutorial on how to use "Type Tool".
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    Click away from the text
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    Now, click "Selection Tool" again
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    Use "Selection Tool" to select both your image and your word with a marquee
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    A blue frame will appear to show that the objects can be edited now. They can be edited together. This is important for "Clipping Mask".
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    After that, click "Object" on the horizontal menu
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    Move the cursor to "Clipping Mask"
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    Then either click "Make" or press "Ctrl" and "7" on the keyboard
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    The image will be put into the text.
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    Move the text
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    The is a good feature for magazines. It looks professional and can be done quickly. It is simple because we've only used two objects. If you have more than one object or piece of text, then there are a few more steps involved.
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    Again, click "File"
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    Click "Place..."
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    Find your image and click it
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    In this video, a file from desktop is clicked.
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    Click "Place"
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    Resize the image by clicking and dragging its anchor points
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    Click the "Type Tool"
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    Click the image
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    Type text
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    Let's type "COUNTRYSIDE" again.
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    Click "Selection Tool"
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    Click and move the text
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    Click the anchor points of the text to resize it
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    Click away from the selected text
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    Click "Type Tool"
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    Click the image
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    Type text again
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    Let's type "living".
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    Click "Selection Tool"
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    Click the new text
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    Resize the new text
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    Reposition the new text
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    Select the image and both text entries
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    Click "Object"
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    Move the cursor to "Clipping Mask"
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    Click "Make"
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    Only the last text layer will be processed. The tool does not work when you have more than one text object.
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    Press "Ctrl" + "Z" to undo our last action
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    Click away from the selected objects
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    Hold "Shift" and click both of the words
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    This will connect them together.
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    In the horizontal menu, click "Type"
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    Then, click "Create Outlines" or press "Shift" + "Ctrl" + "O"
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    After that, click "Object"
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    Move the cursor to "Compound Path"
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    Click "Make"
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    Alternatively, press "Ctrl" + "8".
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    Use the "Selection Tool" as before and highlight both the image and text
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    Finally, click "Object" again
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    Move the cursor to "Clipping Mask"
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    Click "Make"
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    A pop-up window may appear.
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    Click "Yes" to continue
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    Click "OK"
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    It will not work. In order for "Clipping Mask" to work, you need to select both the text and the background image.
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    Select both image and text now with "Selection Tool"
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    Now, the tool is going to work.
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    Click "Object"
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    Move the cursor to "Clipping Mask"
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    Click "Make"
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    A pop-up window may appear.
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    Click "Yes" to continue
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    Click away from the selection
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    Reposition the text
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