How to Fill a Shape with an Image or Photo in Amadine

There is a common path to fill shapes or your canvas with the image, color or gradient. You can read more about Color, Gradient and Image Fill in Amadine in the dedicated article. But if we take one task—to fill a given shape with the image or photograph, there are basically two ways to do that in Amadine. First is so to say the “direct” path, the other one is using a clip group, which is usually used when you have a collage or a very complicated illustration, consisting of many elements.

A shape filled with image in Amadine

How to Directly Fill a Shape

The direct fill works in a simple and easy way—you pick a raster or vector image and use it as a fill for your shape. You can add an image or photo simply by dragging and dropping it from Finder directly onto the canvas. The chosen picture will be added as a new object with the original aspect ratio. Amandine also allows copying an image from other software.

The Color panel is used for filling a shape with the needed element. The steps are the following:

  1. Select an object.
    Selecting an object in Amadine
  2. Add a Fill property to the current object in the Appearance panel if the object doesn't have one.
    Adding a Fill property to the selected object in Amadine
  3. Click on the color icon of the Fill property to open the Color panel. Then select the Image tab.
    Selecting the Image tab
  4. Click the Choose image… button and select an image/photo/illustration.
    Selecting the needed photo
  5. Adjust image properties if necessary.

After adding the image, you can always come back into the Color panel and adjust the settings to reach the desired visual result.

The fill type setting of the Color panels needs to be described in more detail.

There are three fill types represented there: Fill itself, Stretch or Tile. The trick is, when the scale stays 100% and the boundary has the same aspect ratio as the imported image, all of the options will be the same. To see the difference, you need to change the aspect ratio of the boundary or to scale the image.

To see how the Stretch option works, we can decrease the height of the object. With Fill, the image will keep its aspect ratio, but some image parts that don't fit can be invisible. Stretch will reshape the image to fit it for the new width and height.

Stretch fill type

The Tile option makes a difference when the image is scaled down. Many copies of the image will take up the whole available space. With Fill, you'll still have a single small copy.

Fill single copy type

Creation of a texture may require a specifically designed image that can be tiled seamlessly. The photos can look not as good as you wish with the Tile, please, pay attention to it, when using this setting.

Tile fill type

How to Fill a Shape Using a Clipping Mask

The more complicated images, like collages or overlapping elements of the photographs and pictures may better fill the shape if they are clipped. Please note that the Clipping Mask can only be used to fill vector shapes. The main information on Clipping Mask origin and fields of use can be found in the dedicated article. Here we will only look at our main task—filling a shape with an image with the help of a clipping mask.

We can use Clipping Mask to hide parts of the objects, which should not be seen from under our shape. The Clipping Mask is shown as a command in the menu bar.

To apply a clipping mask to a shape:

  1. Create a vector object that will be used as a clipping mask. Only the shape of its path matters.
    Creation of a vector object used as a Clipping Mask
  2. Place the clipping path over the collage/photos/images you want to mask (add those elements as was described higher in the article). Select both the mask and the elements.
    Placing of the Clipping path over the collage
  3. Choose the Modify > Make Clipping Mask command from the main menu.
    Choosing Modify > Make Clipping Mask in the main menu

The result is a ClipGroup object that includes both the clipping path and masked elements. Only a vector object can be used as a clipping path. If you try to create a clipping mask out of a raster image, the rectangular boundary of this image will be used to create a clipping path. You can mask any artwork—a collage, several pictures, illustrations etc.

Are you ready to try out the coolest clipping masks and fill options in Amadine?

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