how to give transparent border around an object in illustrator?


Hi I want to create a icon like this:

Conference Image

So the Middle person has kind of transparent border around itself. So the other get cut automatically.

How to do this ?

Is there any way I can add transparent border ?

7/27/2016 10:38:00 AM

Accepted Answer

You can create a knockout stroke by using transparency to shape a knockout group.

  1. Put all three people together in a single layer
  2. On the top-most person, add a stroke with thickness of your liking
  3. From the Transparency pane, click Knockout Group twice and Opacity & Mask Define Knockout Shape once so that both have a checkmark
  4. Set the opacity of your stroked person to 0%

Here's a demonstration:

transparency knockout group demonstration on some meeple

7/27/2016 3:11:00 PM