How To: Use Clipping and Opacity Masks in Adobe Illustrator CS4

I had to cover clipping and opacity masks in Illustrator CS4 for a class I’m teaching the other day, and they’re rather fun and easy to do, so I knocked up a guide I thought I’d share.

Read this.

Create this:

opacity_mask_final

Or something much, much cooler =D

If you fancy having a go, remember that Adobe Illustrator can be downloaded free for a 30 day trial (although the download never works in linux w/ firefox – so I grabbed my copy through Internet Explorer on XP running through virtualbox). Once you use it for a while and get over the whole fighting the software stage, it’s actually not that bad…

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