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How to make an area transparent in Illustrator


Question

In the image below you'll see the white section (highlighted blue). The black section behind it is one path, and the white another. How do I remove the white from the black so it becomes transparent? Hope that makes sense <3

How do I remove the highlighted white section and make it transparent?

2014/09/17
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9/17/2014 11:18:00 AM

Accepted Answer

By selecting both shapes and hitting Subtract on the Pathfinder Palette:

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2014/09/17
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9/17/2014 11:32:00 AM

This answer addresses if the above has THREE shapes and not two. Vincent's answer is correct if there are two shapes.

I would take your designs as so:

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In this instance I would select ONLY the Polygons:

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Navigate to Object -> Compound Path -> Make or cmd+8:

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If I select everything:

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and do Pathfinder with an option of Minus Front on a design that has three shapes it will result in:

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