How to Use Artboard As a Mask in Illustrator

Written by chris hoke
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Adobe Illustrator is a graphics application used to create and edit vector artwork. You can hide portions of an image when editing vector graphics by using clipping masks. A clipping mask is a shape that is defined by the user and acts as a window, revealing only a portion of the underlying artwork. You can use the entire artboard (the main area of an Illustrator file where you create vector objects) as a clipping mask to obscure art outside of the artboard.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch Adobe Illustrator. Click "File," "Open," then click to select your file. Click "Open."

  2. 2

    Click "File," "Save for Web & Devices."

  3. 3

    Click the "Image Size" tab on the right side of the "Save for Web & Devices" window.

  4. 4

    Click to place a check in the "Clip to Artboard" button to create a clipping mask in the dimensions of the artboard. Any objects positioned outside of the artboard area will be cut off or hidden from view in the final image.

  5. 5

    Click to select the image format, transparency, interlaced and matt save options. Click "Save."

  6. 6

    Type a filename and select a save location on your computer. Click "Save" to save the file with the artboard mask.

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