How to subtract text from a shape in Adobe Illustrator?


I've created a rectangle, and I want to cut some text out of it, so that the text will appear as the background pattern.

I expected to be able to achieve this by selecting the rectangle and the text, using Pathfinder > Minus Front - however this hasn't worked. I've tried searching for the solution everywhere and can't find an answer.

Can anyone tell me where I'm going wrong?

How do I cut out / minus / subtract text from a shape / object in Adobe Illustrator?

1/14/2015 4:40:00 PM

Sometimes the path direction causes the effect to not be visible. After creating outlines from the text, try selecting the outlined text as well as the rectangle and create a Compound Path via the Object menu.

11/7/2012 2:47:00 PM