Intro to compound paths and clipping masks in Illustrator.

It’s easy to put an image inside of text using Illustrator.

STEP 1: Start by designing your text. Turn it into outlines.

STEP 2: Import the image you would like to place inside the text. And arrange it to be behind the text in the position you’d like it to be in.

STEP 3: Select the words then go to the Object Menu —–> Compound Path —–> Make. The letters will become clear.

STEP 4: Select the words and the image then go to the Object Menu —> Clipping Mask —-> Make. This will set the image inside of the text.

NOTE: If you would like to put a different image in each letter of a word, instead of turning the words into a compound path you would simply ungroup the letters. Then, one at a time, you would place the image behind the letter, select them both and make the clipping mask until all are done.


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    Here is another great tutorial on how you can accomplish this effect.
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