Inverse Clipping Mask in Illustrator


I have this text on a white bar in Illustrator, and I would like to make that part of the white bar transparent instead of what it currently is - the same color as the background.

I tried doing the clipping mask, but it does the opposite, it gets rid of the white bar and makes the text white

Can anyone offer any suggestions?

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when I then try to make a compound path, the 2015 converts fine, but there is another compound path that I try to do this to and it does not work, and it also distorts some of the letters:

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9/11/2015 2:07:00 PM

Accepted Answer

This method won't allow your text to be edited later, but if that's not a problem for you, try using a Compound Path:

  1. Select your text, go to Type > Create Outlines enter image description here enter image description here
  2. Select your new text shape and your rectangle, and go to Object > Compound Path > Make

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9/11/2015 4:24:00 AM