Adobe Illustrator/multiple layers design


Fig. 1
Fig. 1  

Fig. 2
Fig. 2  
Hi Kevin,
I am recently trying to take Adobe Certified Associate exam with Illustrator CS6.  Here's the exercise I believe can be done with illustrator yet I have never done or seen it before.  I am trying to copy the outline from Fig.1, and instead of using the yellow filled color, I want to use the image from Fig.2 as the filled image.  I tried take the outline from Fig.1 with magic wand but doesn't work.  I wonder what's the best way to copy the outline from it other than using labor intensive pen tool?  I tried path>divide object below to combine Fig1 and Fig2, then I realized both are layer images, not paths.  
I really believe this is not complicated and can be done easily.  I will appreciate it if you can give me some advices.


Hi Samuel,

In Illustrator, the Fig. 1 needs to be vector artwork or this will not work. Recreate the image as vector then place the photo beneath the  vector artwork. Then select both and go to Object>Clipping Mask>Make.

The only other way to do with both remaining as raster image layers is to use Photoshop, not Illustrator.



Adobe Illustrator

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Kevin Stohlmeyer


I am an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Freelance Professional. I travel nationally speaking on Adobe Creative Suite applications, including Illustrator and design. I can answer questions about Adobe Illustrator version CS1 through the all-new Creative Cloud.


I am an Adobe Certified Instructor for Adobe Illustrator and have been teaching this software in college/higher education and for an Adobe Authorized Training Center since 2000. I have been an active user of Adobe Illustrator as a professional graphic designer since 1994. I am also the author of the Adobe Illustrator Certified Expert Exam. I am a published author for Adobe Inspire Magazine, writing articles on Creative Suite applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and the Adobe Touch apps.

Adobe Freelancers Program Adobe Influencers Program Milwaukee Adobe Users Group AIGA National Association of Photoshop Professionals C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions

Adobe Inspire Magazine Photoshop User Magazine Layers Magazine

BA - Graphic Design Adobe Certified Instructor - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Adobe Community Professional - Adobe Creative Suite

Awards and Honors
Member, Adobe Influencers Program and Adobe Freelancer Member Spotlight, National Association of Photoshop Professionals, November 2011 Runner-Up, The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist contest, 2010, 2011 Runner-Up Layers Magazine Design Contest

Past/Present Clients
Harley Davidson, Reader's Digest, GE Medical Division, Kohl's Corporate, Bon-Ton/Boston Stores, Cramer-Krasselt, Marquette University, AIGA, Mattel/American Girl, Photoshop World

©2017 All rights reserved.