updated on 09 February 2021 | reading time: 2 minutes

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Clipping / Masking

Clipping / Masking is used to hide parts of one or several object(s) inside the boundaries of another object which is used as a mask (called Clipping object or Clipping path). Clipping is a non-destructive action. You can move or in any other way edit the Clipped content at any time.

You can use any single vector object or text as a clipping path.

clipping path

You can achieve clipping in several ways in GD:

Using Clip Selection

To clip one or several objects inside a Clipping path:

  1. Put the Clipping path below all objects you want to be clipped.
  2. Select objects to be clipped and Clipping path.
  3. Click on Clip button in menu or in the menu Modify > Clip Selection
  4. All the objects will be placed inside the bottommost one and any part that is outside of it will be hidden

clip content

Using Mask with shape

  1. Put the clipping path above objects that you want to clip
  2. Select objects to be clipped and Clipping path.
  3. Click on Mask with shape in the context menu, / CTRL + / SHIFT + M or alternatively in the main menu Modify > Mask with Shape

mask with shape

Using Layers panel

  1. Drag the objects to be clipped on top of Clipping path in the Layers panel

clip in layers

Note: If the Clipped content doesn’t fully cover Clipping path area the fill will be visible. The border of the clipping path will be visible above the Clipped content

Using Paste Inside Selection

  1. Copy objects to be clipped in the clipboard
  2. Select Clipping path
  3. Choose Edit > Paste > Paste Inside Selection
  4. The content of the clipboard will be placed on the top-left corner of the Clipping path


Tip:  Using Drag on top of the Clipping path while holding  / CTRL key. Note that this method works only for clipping images.


  1. Select Object to be clipped
  2. Hold down the / CTRL key and drag over the border of the Clipping path
  3. Once the Clipping path is highlighted release the mouse

clip drag shortcut