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I draw a path by "pen" and I want to place a tiff file into that path. When I select the path and tiff file and try to make clipping mask, it says: "the top selected object must be a path, a compund shape, a text object or a group of these". So, do youn know how to do it? Thanks...

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    I draw a path by "pen" and I want to place a tiff file into that path. When I select the path and tiff file and try to make clipping mask, it says: "the top selected object must be a path, a compund shape, a text object or a group of these".
    So, do youn know how to do it?

    Thanks
    Discover@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Is your path closed and on top of the image?
    emencz@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Dis,

    Do as it says: click select the TIFF image, Object, Arrange, Send to Back. Now multi-select both image and path with a marquee of both (or SHIFT click both), Object, Clipping Mask, Make.

    Bob
    BobHill@adobeforums.com Guest

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    The path doesn't HAVE to be closed, but it's best if it is, Emencz.

    Bob
    BobHill@adobeforums.com Guest

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    It' done!
    Thank you very much, Bob!

    Thanks
    Discover@adobeforums.com Guest

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    You are welcome. Drop in any time.

    Bob
    BobHill@adobeforums.com Guest

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    The path doesn't HAVE to be closed, but it's best if it is(..)




    Why?
    B. Philippus Guest

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    Because if you leave a gap between end points, the "fill" (which is the masking area) is a straight line between the points and unless that's what you want, you'll end up with less than a perfect mask. If you don't loop, yet put the points close enough to almost look like they are, no problem at all.

    Bob
    BobHill@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Bob:

    True, but there would be numerous occasions where it may be opportune to have an open-ended path for a clipping mask.

    Bert
    B. Philippus Guest

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    True, but there would be numerous occasions where it may be opportune
    to have an open-ended path for a clipping mask.




    When would an open-ended clipping mask be ideal?
    emencz@adobeforums.com Guest

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    For instance, if you wanted to apply a brush (for a decorative stroke) to the clipping path, having an open path gives you full control over where the starting and ending point of the brush will be.

    BTW, I didn't say it was ever "ideal", I just don't necessarily see why it would be "better" to have a closed path...

    Bert
    B. Philippus Guest

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    Nits, Bert

    Bob
    BobHill@adobeforums.com Guest

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    ahem, yeah, sorry, I guess I must be suffering from Pantone Matching System.
    B. Philippus Guest

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