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.



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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.

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