How to Place a Photo Inside a Shape in Illustrator

If you want to know how to place a photo inside a shape in Illustrator, then this blog post is for you! We’ll go over the steps you need to take to make this happen.

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To change the shape of a photo in Illustrator, you first need to place the image onto the workspace. Then, select the image by clicking on it with the Selection Tool (V). With the image selected, go to Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Warp. This will bring up the Warp Options dialog box. In the drop-down menu under “Style,” choose the shape you want to turn your image into. Next, use the sliders under “Warp” to manipulate the photo until it takes on the desired shape. Finally, click “OK” to apply the changes.

Step One: Choose Your Shape

There are a variety of ways to place a photo inside a shape in Illustrator, but one of the easiest is to use the “clipping mask” function. This function allows you to place your image inside any shape, and it can be easily adjusted if you need to change the image or the shape.

To start, choose the shape that you want to use as your clipping mask. This can be any shape, but for this example we will use a simple circle. Once you have chosen your shape, create a new layer for your image. This will make it easier to adjust the image if necessary.

Step Two: Place Your Image

Now that you have your shape drawn out, it’s time to place your image inside of it. To do this, go to File > Place. Select your image and click Place. Your image will now be placed inside of your shape.

Step Three: Resize Your Image

If your image is too large or too small for the shape, you’ll need to resize it. To do this, select your image and click on the “Transform” menu. Then, click on “Scale.” A dialogue box will appear. Type in the new width and height that you want your image to be. Then, click on the “OK” button.

Step Four: Crop Your Image

In step four, you’ll learn how to crop your image so that it fits perfectly inside your shape. First, select the image and the shape. Then, go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make. This will crop the image so that it stays within the boundaries of your shape.

Step Five: Add a Mask

masks are one of the most useful tools in Adobe Illustrator. With a mask, you can place a photo inside any shape, not just a rectangular or circular one. This technique is perfect for creating photos with interesting backgrounds, logos with photos inside them, and more.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Choose the shape you want to use as a mask. It can be any shape, but for this example, we’ll use a circle.

2. Place the photo you want to use inside the shape. Make sure it’s sized appropriately and positioned where you want it.

3. With both the shape and the photo selected, go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make (or use the shortcut Cmd/Ctrl + 7).

4. That’s it! You should now see the photo inside the shape. If you need to move or resize either the photo or the shape, simply select both and make your changes.

Step Six: Adjust Your Mask

Open the Layers panel (Window > Layers) and double-click the second icon from the right on the “Mask” layer. This will open the clipping mask options and allow you to change the mask’s color, opacity, and other settings.

Step Seven: Export Your Image

Finally, we need to export our image. To do this, select “File” > “Export” from the top menu. In the window that pops up, choose a file format and location for your exports and click “Save.”


Now that you know how to place a photo inside a shape in Illustrator, you can have fun creating your own unique graphics. Remember to experiment with different shapes, colors and textures to get the perfect look for your project.

Further Reading

If you want to learn even more about how to place a photo inside a shape in Illustrator, check out some of the following tutorials and articles. You’ll be an expert in no time!

-Tutorial: How to Place a Photo Inside a Shape in Illustrator
-Article: 9 Tips for Placing Images in Text with Illustrator
-Tutorial: How to Use Clipping Masks in Illustrator
-Article: 5 Ways to Put an Image in Text with Photoshop

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