How do masks work in Illustrator?

How do I fill an object with an image in Illustrator?

Click the “Object” menu, select “Clipping Mask” and click “Make.” The shape is filled with the image.

Why do clipping masks turn white?

This happens to me when the content is too complicated and detailed or has too many layers. One example is when you have a big bitmap image already within a clipping mask along with other content on top, let’s say a mix of shapes, images and text, and then try to make another clipping mask on top of that.

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