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This is possible to do with masks, and keep the text as text. With the creative use of clones, you can also make it so the text is editable without having to release the mask too! Here is a quick run of the steps: First, create your rectangle that you want to 'cut' the text out of I made mine magenta Next, duplicate the magenta rectangle, and make it ...


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When I need to "destroy" an object (often text being converted to a path) that I might want to keep for later, I use layers. Open the Layers dialog with Ctrl+Shift+L. Create a layer and call it something like "Text". When you are ready to finish the image, duplicate the text layer, convert it to paths (or whatever you need), and then hide the original. If I ...


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A more elaborate way would be to actually punch out the curved line from the letter shapes. This has the downside that you will not be able to change the text or the curved line anymore, as this is a destructive operation. Draw a large circle with a thick stroke and no fill. Holding Alt while drawing to draw from the circle's center may help placing it ...


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The easiest way to achieve this is to use a clipping mask. That's essentially a shape that masks your text: everything inside the shape stays visible, everything outside of it is hidden. We'd like the shape of the mask to be that of, well, everything but a curved line. We can easily draw smooth curved lines with the Ellipse tool, but Illustrator can't use ...


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Draw your intended path in any way you like; Select the move tool (black arrow, hotkey V or Esc; Select your path and then Right-click; Choose Make Guides; Choose the lasso tool (Q); Click and drag the lasso along your newly-made guide shape; Choose Select > Inverse; Choose Object > Hide > Selection; This way, you select all objects outside of your guide, ...


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The best way to replace a range of gray values (even very dark gray) with some color is to use Color>Map>Gradient map But if you just want a mask, duplicate the layer, Color>Desaturate and then use the Threshold tool, or Brightness/Contrast for a smoother transition, or even the Levels or Curves tools.


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Using the Pen Tool draw a path around the slider. Make sure the Pen tool is set to draw a path, not a shape layer or pixels. (or use the shape tools, or copy the paths from your existing shape layers. It doesn't really matter as long as you have a path to work with) To use your shape to hide the part of the image it covers instead of revealing that part of ...



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