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  • Need Illustrator help, please!

    I'm trying to get an image together to help explain my situation, but let me try to describe it.

    I'm creating a logo in Illustrator (and I am fumbling around blind learning everything the hard way). Say I created a circle, filled with black, and put a white letter on top of it. This looks fine, in black and white, on the screen - but in reality, I want to figure out how to make the letter "transparent" with the black knocked out behind it (i.e. when it comes time to create whatever with it in quark, I want to be able to put the .eps over any color or photo background with just the circle around the letter's outline showing).

    Does this make sense? Is there an easy explanation for how to do this?
    Sorry if it's a dumb question. Illustrator is brutal when you've never had any formal training!


  • #2
    select both, right click and choose "make compound path".
    "It's never too late to be who you might have been." - George Eliot

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    • #3
      The Pathfinder Palette is the one you need for stuff like this. I use it almost all the time.

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      • #4
        Morea...I tried what you said. Here's another part of it I forgot to mention. There are actually a few letters in this circle, and some of them hang off the side of the circle - so when I do what you suggested, the part of the letter on the outside of the circle becomes black. What to do then?

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        • #5
          Use the pathfinder and click the upper right icon in teh palette and then teh "expand" button next to it.
          sorry, it may not be 100% correct as I would need to open illy to see and getting ready to head to lunch. i will check back to see if you have it fixed yet.

          ***I think that is the right combo.***
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          • #6
            Convert text to outline
            Send to back.
            Select letters and shape.
            Use lower right icon (minus back)
            done. No need to expand, ungroup, or remove extraneous bits you'd get with divide or some of the others.

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            • #7
              PrintDriver: I love you. Really I do.

              This is not the first time you've come thru for me in the clutch! I am so grateful for all the time you spend on here helping folks out!!!

              (BJMR, thank you as well...but PrintDriver's way was easier!)

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              • #8
                Let me know when you assign hotkeys to your Pathfinder palette options.
                Then a Graphic Jedi you will truly be.
                LOL!

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                • #9
                  i didn't even think you could do that. Although I really need to understnad the icons better first. i always go through a list of them when trying to do somehting.
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