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How to subtract text from a shape in Adobe Illustrator?

I've created a rectangle, and I want to cut some text out of it, so that the text will appear as the background pattern. I expected to be able to achieve this by selecting the rectangle and the ...
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Text silhouette; change color in middle of a letter illustrator

Does anyone know how to change colors in letters to appropriately represent silhouette? A perfect example is the opening for the movie Superbad: The 'U' is perfectly a U while having the right ...
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How do I delete an object over something, and have the shape of where it was stay with nothing there?

I apologize for the title, I can't explain for my life... But the problem i'm having is, I am trying to create a blank space over a letter. You can see in the screenshots that I have two elbow shapes ...
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In Pathfinder window, what is the difference between a shape mode and a pathfinder?

I'm learning Illustrator CC and right now I'm trying out the various tools in the Pathfinder window, and how they allow me to create shapes. Something that confuses me, is that they seem to be somehow ...
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Effectively creating this effect in Illustrator?

Been lurking awhile but this is my first post. I've always wondered what this effect is called and I'm almost certain there's an easier way to doing it than how I do it. I'm talking about the ...
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How to create an outlined circle with centered horizontal and vertical gaps in Illustrator?

Could you explain to me, how I can draw a shape like the one in the following image? How can I cut any part of circle to get such 4 shapes with Adobe Illustrator?
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How can I create a twisted torus?

I need to do the following shape in Illustrator, if can be done by Illustrator. I think it can be done by spiral, circle and pathfinder tools but I'm not sure. Please I need the details of how to do ...
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Pathfinder divide tool on object with gradient mesh

I'm using Illustrator CC, and have a tear-drop shaped object which has a gradient mesh applied to it. I need to use the pathfinder divide tool in combination with another simple shape to take a chunk ...
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How to make an area transparent in Illustrator

In the image below you'll see the white section (highlighted blue). The black section behind it is one path, and the white another. How do I remove the white from the black so it becomes transparent? ...
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How To Split Two Intersecting Circles in to Three Separate Shapes

My question is specifically about Making a Venn Diagram in Adobe Illustrator. I am trying to make a Venn-diagram to visualize different set operations in maths. I found that Illustrator made some ...
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How to cut the non-overlapping part of 2 shapes in Illustrator CS6

I have 2 shapes (see below) a circle and a shape of the US. I want to remove the part of the US that falls outside the circle. How is this possible? Thanks
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How to subtract multiple subpaths from a shape easily in Illustrator or Sketch?

I am using Sketch (app) that has Boolean drawing operations (like subtract, union, intersect...) as in Illustrator. In my file I have four ring shapes. They are not strokes but more like circles with ...
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cutting one object with another using illustrator

I want to cut an object using second object how can I acheive it? In the above image you can see 2 objects one is circle having 2px stroke and no fill, second is rectangle having white fill but no ...
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How can I create a ragged edge on a box with an image mask in Illustrator?

I apologize if the title of the question isn't terribly clear, I'm struggling with finding terminology that is adequate. Essentially, what I am trying to do is create a rectangle that looks like a ...
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Illustrator CS6 Perpendicular Lines following a path

I have a closed path from which I would like to create a parallel inner path. If I drew a series of lines, all the same length, with one end at points along the path (all extending inward), the second ...
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Simplify illustrator object to just its visible parts

I have a complex illustrator object, with many of overlapping sections hidden behind one another. I want to simplify it down to just its visible parts. How do I do this? Why: I need to pass that to a ...
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Outline stroke from path in Illustrator

I've made a path in Illustrator which I need to be outlined. Quickest way to do this is with Outline Stroke, but then you'll get this united shape (see object in the middle below). Is there a way to ...
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Using a pattern to cut out areas from a group of shapes in Illustrator

I have an image that's been image traced. All I want to do is cut out horizontal stripes out of the image. Since I want to cut out a lot of evenly spaced stripes, I thought the easiest way would be ...
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Why is Illustrator's minus front not working?

I have some white lines (converted to path) on top of my star shape (rasterized) as shown in the picture. I am trying to "delete" the white lines from the shape so the shape gaps can be seen in ...
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Cutting bottom half of shapes

I'm making a logo that currently looks like this: But I actually want it to look more like this: I've tried using Path Finder in Illustrator, but I'm not sure whether I'm doing something wrong ...
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Dividing a colour wheel (gaps)

I'm trying to create a colour wheel in Illustrator. I have created one (two actually but they both produced the same result), but it looks a little rough. I've attached an image to this post you can ...
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How to distress a font in Illustrator?

I'm trying to distress a font. I have created outlines on the text, then using brush, drew a line of charcoal brush. Select All, Expand Appearance, Pathfinder minus. It works but only the first ...
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Split an image with a zig-zag in Illustrator?

I've been trying for the last 3 nights to halve a simple vector image of a padlock I had drawn following a tutorial. My headache is: I don't want to simple divide it right at the middle, I want to ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How to create a clipping mask

I have this logo I am working on. I have 2 questions: 1) I have a white circle behind the 4. I'd like to use that circle as a clipping mask for the 4 so that the 4 fits perfectly within that white ...
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Illustrator: How do I prevent Pathfinder from creating paths with no fill and no stroke?

In Illustrator, when I apply Pathfinder tools (like Trim, Merge) it generates invisible paths (paths with no fill and no stroke). I believe this only occurs with compound paths. These "ghost" paths ...
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How to make a monochrome like this?

I don't know how to call this but how to make a monochrome like the one on bottom. The exclusion (white), but originally it doesn't overlap.
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White Lines (Not Strokes) Appearing between shapes after using Pathfinder tool. How do I get rid of them?

I'm working on a large illustration project in Illustrator CC. I hand-drew hundreds of shapes which overlapped to create the image how I wanted it to look. However, I have several shapes that needed ...
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Illustrator space around outline and removing shape

I've used "//" and "\" to create this "W", and have made them into outlines, as I'm trying to give the different layers a colour, as well as having a white space where the lines touch and I would like ...
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illustrator: pathfinder minus front, cut-out is crude, not precise enough

CS5. Trying to cut out text from a shape behind it. I select the text, then Object > Expand..., then select it along with the rectangle shape behind it and do Pathfinder > Minus front. The cut-out ...
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Cutting out shape with pathfinder renders differently to uncut shape

Cutting out a shape is rendering totally differently to a shape with shape above, even though the paths are identical. Any ideas why this may be happening?
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Joining 2 shapes together in Illustrator. and removing a section while having rounded corners. Illustraor newbie

How do I join these 2 shapes together, and then remove the line in the roof? keeping the 2 shapes nicely joined so I can easily round corners. Seems very tricky!
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How can I cut up a raster image in Illustrator?

I want to split this apple (jpeg) into pieces along the outline I've created over it. I created and edited a pie chart/graph for the lines, then edited it to conform to the apple shape. I want to be ...
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Is there an easier way to distress graphics in illustrator?

Recently I've been getting a lot of work with T-shirts and they ask me to distress t-shirts. This is a simple matter if the graphic is only one color, but occasionally I will get a graphic that's 4 or ...
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Illustrator CS6: How to cut an area (shape without fill) out of another?

Here's example picture below. How to make all the white areas transparent? Triangles, line and text. I have tried Pathfinder but I can't get it work correctly. Thanks in advance :)
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Illustrator CS6 - When I intersect two shapes, remains a line. How I can fix this?

I have a little problem with Illustrator CS6. Like the title says, when I intersect two shapes, remains a line between them. How can I fix this problem, because I don't want to use another option from ...
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Pathfinder result sightly different from expected!

I'm making this icon with a base vector and white strokes with variable profiles (right image) and I wanted to unify them as a single object, so I expanded the strokes and used Pathfinder's difference ...
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How do I cut out strokes from a shape in illustrator

I have a bunch of lines that go behind the layer of a mountain that I have created and I would like to cut them out. Proving to be impossible right now with the pathfinder tool. Any suggestions?
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Cut out stroke from objects beneath

I'm fairly new to Illustrator, but I'm working on this vector: Right now this is accomplished by circle paths, white fill color, and also two strokes. The blue stroke is 4px and then there is a ...
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make a hole in that shape with round corner in illustrator

im trying to make that shape with the interior empty but keeping the round corner when i use pathfinder (minus front)it make the hole but round corner disappears Anyone can help me on that one? ...
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How to stop pathfinder in illustrator cc from automatically editing / rounding shapes

So I've been using Illustrator for 6 years, and thought I knew everything about the pathfinder feature. Today I tried to use the merge pathfinder tool on some outlined text, and have gotten a 'neatly' ...
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Clipping Mask, Pathfinder or Compound Path?

I'm sorry for such a generic title, but I couldn't figure out a title that would make sense with what I am trying to do. So I am a novice when it comes to illustrator, but I am trying to cut out the ...
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illustrator cc pathfinder minus front function [duplicate]

I'd like to know what the difference is between click on the Minus Front option in the Pathfinder palette and Alt+click.
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Pathfinder Effect via Pathfinder Panel

I try to solve some "enigmatic" issue with the Pathfinder panel used along Alt/Option button as Ai suggests - The help explains as follows - Apply a Pathfinder effect using the Pathfinder ...
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Illustrator CS5 (Mac) Pathfinder Tool Messing up Paths

So I'm trying to cut an image out of a solid background in Illustrator CS5 (Mac). I do this fairly often and my typical workflow is to: Place the image to be cut out on top of the background Group ...
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How do I subtract line path's from a background in Illustrator?

I've been working on an invitation and I want to use a gold shimmer paper to print on. My printer suggested I subtract everything I want to show as gold on the background. 1st picture shown is my ...
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inaccuracy using pathfinder “substraction” in illustrator 2015 CC

I've a problem using Illustrator 2015 CC pathfinder tool (substraction). I've a black round shape and a vector logo in white. I just want to substract the logo from the round shape. The problem is ...
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Minus Front producing unexpected results when zoomed out

I'm working on a product packaging design that will be printed in 1 pantone color. I added vector shading overtop in white and then knocked that out of the artwork with Minus Front. When zoomed out, ...
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How can I join a path to a compound shape in Illustrator?

I'm struggling to join the compound shape and path I have created in Illustrator. My usual click and hope in the pathfinder dialog is not working. See attached screenshots. The selected path is blue, ...
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Illustrator: Subtracting lines from a circle with pathfinder [duplicate]

Im trying to cut out the leftovers of this circle using pathfinder-intersect, but it's not letting me. Worked before with the same shape, am I missing something?
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Illustrator cc divide tool not working

I have created a simple ellipse and then from one end to the other created a path using the pen tool that intersects this ellipse. I now want to divide the ellipse into two shapes using the path, ...