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How to create a transparent stroke in Illustrator


Question

I'm trying to reproduce the iPhone battery symbol. It has a gap between the fill and the stroke. I successfully managed to do it with the appearance palette, as you can see below:

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It works well if the background is white. However, once i put an image as a background...

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I want the gap to be transparent, rather than white.

How can I do that?

2016/10/14
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10/14/2016 1:32:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Set the opacity of your white stroke to 0, then check "Knockout Group" from the main transparency options of the path (not of the stroke itself).

Example:

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2016/10/14
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10/14/2016 1:30:00 PM