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Learn How to Mask Out an Area and Use Pathfinder to Crop in Illustrator
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Now, what we are going to do next is we are going to use the same exact shape we created to serve as the mask to mask out the rest of the elements that are outside of this circle. Let us come back to the layers pallet and let us duplicate this layer that we just created, layer 2.
So, put your mouse right over layer 2 and now click it and drag it down to the new layer button. Once you see the little hand with the plus icon, go ahead and release your mouse and now you can see we have a copy of that layer. So, let us take our layer 2 copy and drag it so it is above layer 1. So, go ahead and click on layer 2 copy, and drag it up just so it is above layer 1 and then release you mouse, fantastic.
Now, we are going to want to lock our background layer, the circle we created for the background because we do not need to disturb that. So, come over here to the lock check box to the left of the name layer 2 and click it to lock it. And next, we need to unlock layer 1 because we are going to be modifying it with the next thing we are going to do. So come up here to layer 1, to the toggle lock check box. Go ahead and click it and now the lock icon disappears and you can see we are ready to edit it.
But we need to do now is select everything in layer 2 which is just our circle and then everything in layer 1. So, let us go back first off all to the toolbox and go ahead and select your selection tool. That is the solid arrow. Go ahead and click there. And now, come back here into the artwork and hold down the Ctrl key and hit the letter A key, select all.
Okay, now, we are going to use the pathfinder feature of Illustrator to mask out the background elements that are not included within this circle. So, come up to your window menu and select pathfinder. Now, if there is already a check next to pathfinder, this indicates that the pallet is already opening your interface. So, you may not need to open it, great, here it is.
We are going to use at the bottom the fourth pathfinder button from the left. This one right here, crap; go ahead and click it, great. There ladies and gentlemen is our finished bug, fantastic. So, let us just click outside of the artwork anywhere here in the paste forward, click to just take a look at our final bug, looks fantastic, let us now come up to our file menu and save this. So, come up to file menu and select save and let us make sure we are saving this in project files part 1, lesson three and then let us double click the lessons in progress folder and let us give this file a name.
As you can see, it is taking the name of the original jpeg file, let us just call this bug. So, go ahead and click on the file name to select it and just type in bug and then click save. We will get a little dialog about what which version of Illustrator we want to save this too. Let us tape the default settings here and click okay, great, and now our bug is finished.
One of the great things about vector artwork such as what we just created in Illustrator is that you can scale it to infinite proportions without losing any resolution. So, we will be able to bring this into any of our video projects, scale it as large as we want or make it as small as we want and it will never get junky looking, it is always going to look great.
So, we have just created this bug using Adobe Illustrator and I will see you in the next lesson.