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Sarah Peller
How to crop one complex image with another simple one?
on Jun 4, 2012 at 9:59:31 pm

Hello there. I am working on a design in illustrator. I created a half moon shape by overlaying two circles and using the pathfinder to subtract a piece. Now I have some texture I'd like to overlay on the half moon shape. I am open to any ideas as to how I might do this. But right now I'm trying to cut out the half moon shape in the texture, like a cookie-cutter sort of. I can't seem to make the pathfinder do this task. Any ideas on how to make this happen?

Here's a screen shot of what I'm trying to do:



Thank you!


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Nevin Styre
Re: How to crop one complex image with another simple one?
on Jun 5, 2012 at 9:41:17 pm

This is the way I do it, it only works if the texture below is all solid colour vector shapes, no raster images.
If your background texture has any shapes with strokes, you will first want to "object->expand" those shapes before doing this.

First make a simple square shape larger than your texture and crescent, choose a simple colour that doesn't have to do with the design(ex: bright green/pink).
Make the layer order so that your crescent shape appears on top of the new square shape, now select both the crescent and square, open your pathfinder window and hit the "merge" button. Right click on this new merged shape and "ungroup", select the crescent portion and delete it or hide it (hiding it is a good idea if you want to still utilize the shape afterwards). Now you have your "cookie cutter", a solid colour square with your crescent hole cut into it. With the cookie cutter as the top most layer, select all the shapes of your background texture and the cookie cutter shape, again go into the pathfinder window, and again hit the "merge" button. After the merge, right click to "ungroup" this new shape and then select and delete your cookie cutter part. You should be left with your texture cut into the crescent shape, group everything together for easy positioning/transformation and you're good to go.


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Sarah Peller
Re: How to crop one complex image with another simple one?
on Oct 23, 2013 at 6:01:27 pm

Nevin,

Thank you so much for this great reply and advice! I finally checked it out and it worked so well!


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Aparna Ramdas
Re: How to crop one complex image with another simple one?
on May 6, 2014 at 11:03:37 pm

Thanks a ton for that reply.


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