Remove objects, leaving only the stroke and the drop shadow (illustrator)


Just found this site! Seems pretty awesome. Im wondering if anyone knows how to achieve this effect:

I want to remove the white objects (text) from the image, but keep the stroke and the drop shadow.

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When I try to make the fill transparent, this is what happens:

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Any help would be super appreciated. :)

6/14/2016 12:18:00 AM

Transparency Knockout Group

When you define a transparency knockout group, the elements within that group don't show through eachother, exactly like you want.

  • Group everything including the shadow
  • Transparency panel → Check Knockout Group (you may need to click twice)

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  • Select everything with a white fill
  • Appearance panel → Fill → Opacity 0% (don't set the fill color to none):

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You can read more about transparency knockout groups here:

6/14/2016 1:17:00 AM

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