How To Apply Power Clip in Illustrator

By on September 16, 2011 — Updated on October 7, 2012

Power Clip, which is properly writen as PowerClip™, is a feature in CorelDRAW that you use to can place vector objects and bitmaps, such as photos, inside other objects or containers. The object placed inside the container takes the shape of the container. A container in CorelDRAW can be any object — for example, artistic text or a rectangle.

When you place an object into a container that is larger than the container, the object, called the content, is cropped to fit the form of the container. This creates a PowerClip object.

In Illustrator, the feature that is similar to PowerClip is called Clipping Mask.

A clipping mask is an object whose shape masks other artwork so that only areas that lie within the shape are visible—in effect, clipping the artwork to the shape of the mask.

The clipping mask and the objects that are masked are called a clipping set. You can make a clipping set from a selection of two or more objects or from all objects in a group or layer.

The following guidelines apply to creating clipping masks:

  • The objects that you mask are moved into the clipping mask’s group in the Layers panel if they don’t already reside there.
  • Only vector objects can be clipping masks; however, any artwork can be masked.
  • If you use a layer or group to create a clipping mask, the first object in the layer or group masks everything that is a subset of the layer or group.
  • Regardless of its previous attributes, a clipping mask changes to an object with no fill or stroke.
Create A Clipping Mask For A Group Or Layer
  1. Create the object you want to use as the mask.
  2. This object is called the clipping path. Only vector objects can be clipping paths.
  3. Move the clipping path and the objects you want to mask into a layer or group.
  4. In the Layers panel, make sure that the masking object is at the top of the group or layer, and then click the name of the layer or group.
  5. Click the Make/Release Clipping Masks button at the bottom of the Layers panel or select Menu>Layers>Make Clipping Mask for Illustrator CS4 and Menu>Object> Clipping Mask >Make in older versions.
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2 Comments

  1. Millstream30

    October 7, 2012 at 2:21 am

    This is not the same as the powerclip at all.

    The, ..um, power, behind the powerclip is that it leaves the inserted object intact. This means that you can reposition and modify it to your heart’s content.

    This is incredibly convenient when for instance, you clip in iris into an eye shape and later realize that the position is a little off. With illustrator, you’re up the proverbial creek since the iris was cut.

    • Jyppe A. Quidores

      October 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Actually when you apply the mask tool in Illustrator, the masked object is also INTACT which means that you can also reposition it at your will. The part of masked object that is not visible is not actually cut but is HIDDEN. In other words, when you release the clipping mask, the whole picture will be visible again.

      In an example you have given (the iris into and eye shape, you can also do it in Illustrator using the masked tool.

      For more info about clipping mask in Illustrator, you can check the page 250 of the Adobe Illustrator User Manual which can be downloaded for free in PDF format through here: http://the-creativity-window.com/2012/06/adobe-illustrator-cs5-complete-manual/
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