How to create a clipping mask in InDesign by Adobe
- Make sure you have the two objects in the same layer: The shape object and the fill object.
– The shape object determines the shape seen after the clipping mask is made.
– The fill object determines the fill of the shape seen after the clipping mask is made.
- Select the fill object.
- Go to the ‘Edit’ pull down menu, and select ‘Cut’ (or: Ctrl+X)
- Select the shape object
- Go to the ‘Edit’ pull down menu again, and select Paste In…
And that’s all, the clipping mask is done!
I used characters (text field) as shape object (coloring a word with a picture for instance). In that case, you first have to select the characters (not the text field, select the characters using the ‘Type’ tool), go to the ‘Type’ pull down menu, and select ‘Create Outlines’ (same as in Illustrator, and similar to Photoshop, where you have to rasterize text before you can wreak design-havoc on them).
This works from InDesign CS5 and later, at least. Can’t say whether this works in older versions, but I think at least CS3 and CS4 work the same way.
Here’s what I did with it (the city names and squares behind the others in the right bottom corner.