I'm fairly new to Illustrator and am trying to make a simple cityscape design in it for a tshirt. I need the buildings to be transparent and am trying to overlap them, but I dont know how to hide everything behind a transparent shape. Here's a picture to show what I'm talking about: enter image description here

Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    Is there some reason you can't fill the shapes with white? Realize in printing, even silk screening t-shirts, white = transparent.
    – Scott
    Nov 23, 2017 at 3:56
  • Can you elaborate further your problems I can't understand it clearly? Anyways when you want to hide those things under the building design you can sent it to the back or you can use pathfinder tools to make it more precise
    – Sam Sepiol
    Nov 23, 2017 at 5:12
  • @Scott even so you can knockout the white
    – joojaa
    Nov 23, 2017 at 12:13

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If the two buildings are separate objects: Put the big building on layer 3. Put the small building on layer 1. On layer 2, create a white block with the same shape of the big building. If you send a copy of the .ai file (version cs5 is preferable), i can do it for you and send it back. :)

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