I'm trying to make the inside parts of an image transparent. I used the image trace feature in Illustrator 6 to successfully get the outside transparent, but when I attempt to select the inside parts (inside the hand, around the eye) and then delete, it goes to black instead of transparent. See image below for details, I basically would like all whitespace transparent (so its just an outline)

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    Illustrator 6? are you on Silicon Graphics workstation too? ;) Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 17:42

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When you make the Image Trace, open up the Image Trace Panel, Show the Advanced section and check the Ignore White checkbox. This should make Illustrator ignore the white areas, making them holes in the black shapes instead.

If you don't want to make the trace again, you can subtract the white parts from the black parts using the Minus Front button in the Pathfinder Panel, when you have two shapes selected.


Trace the image.

Open the Image Trace Panel.

Check Ignore white. This will erase the white and keep its space blank.

Image below:

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  • I did not see the other answer untill I submit mine. But I will keep it because the image.
    – LeoNas
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 16:14
  • Must have ... reputation ... points ... :-)
    – Wolff
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 16:41
  • @LeoNas it happens when your typing a answer then your in sort of a update limbo
    – joojaa
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 16:43

If you haven't done ignore white... (it's too late for whatever reason) you can use pathfinder divide to separate (divide) all the objects and then delete the white parts. An easy way to delete all of the white parts is to go into isolate mode (double click on group, or from the right click menu), then use the magic wand tool to select the white fill objects. (or the select > same fill)

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