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
Ok, try this.
- Select your rectangle.
Object > Expand Appearance.
- Now select one background 'tile' from the rectangle's background and go
Select > Same > Fill & Stroketo select all of the background tiles.
- 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).