How To Put A Picture Into A Shape In Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator offers endless creative potential, enabling you to craft everything from basic icons to elaborate illustrations. A useful tool that users often appreciate is the option to insert an image into a shape. This blog post will walk you through the straightforward yet powerful steps for doing so.

Step 1: Open Adobe Illustrator

Start by launching Adobe Illustrator on your computer. Create a new document or open an existing one where you’d like to incorporate the image inside a shape.

Step 2: Create or Select your Shape

In your workspace, either create a new shape using any of the shape tools available in the Toolbox (like the Rectangle Tool, Ellipse Tool, or Polygon Tool) or select an existing shape in your artboard that you want to fill with an image.

Step 3: Place your Image

Go to File > Place, then find and select the image you want to insert. Click Place to put the image on your artboard. At this point, the image will not be inside the shape yet. Position it according to how you want it to appear within the shape.

Step 4: Create Clipping Mask

Select both the image and the shape. To do this, press and hold the Shift key as you click on both items. Next, go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make.

Your image should now be contained within the shape, and the parts of the image that extend beyond the edges of the shape will be hidden.

Here is a summarized code on how to create a clipping mask:

1. Select the image and the shape: Shift + Click on the image and shape
2. Create Clipping Mask: Go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make

Step 5: Make Adjustments

Don’t worry if your image isn’t perfectly positioned or the right size at first. You can adjust the image within the shape by double-clicking on the shape to enter Isolation Mode. In this mode, you can reposition, resize and even rotate the image as needed while maintaining the clip to the shape.


And that’s it! You now know how to put a picture into a shape in Adobe Illustrator. This technique is incredibly versatile and can be used in a multitude of design projects, from logo creation to poster design and more. Keep practicing, and let your creativity run wild with Adobe Illustrator!