How to make certain area transparent in Illustrator


I have a rectangle with a grid pattern as fill:


Now I want the white part to be transparent so I can add a background image to it. I didn't find a way to do it. I know if you are in Photoshop you can use the quick selection tool but I am in Illustrator. So how do you do it in Illustrator? Thanks

5/6/2016 3:54:00 AM

Ok, try this.

  1. Select your rectangle.
  2. Go Object > Expand Appearance.
  3. Now select one background 'tile' from the rectangle's background and go Select > Same > Fill & Stroke to select all of the background tiles.
  4. Hit Delete.

Alternatively, use one of Illustrator's built-in grid pattern swatches, which have no background colour. In the Swatches panel, click the drop-down and go Open Swatch Library > Patterns > Basic Graphics and you'll find a whole heap of grids. Or, create your own pattern tile and convert that into a pattern swatch (simply make something, group it and drag it into the Swatches panel).

5/6/2016 6:38:00 AM