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I want to create a SVG icon similar to this:
Instead of drawing the lines, I want to create the shapes formed by the negative space (the white shapes).
What I did was:
Ellipse Tool > drew a circle > Fill: White Ellipse Tool > drew a vertical ellipse and centered it Line Segment Tool > drew 3 horizontal lines
Then I thought to myself "voila!" only to realize I had no idea how to use what I drew on the upper layers to "burn" through and create transparent lines on the bottom layer (which is the white circle). In photoshop I would copy paste and delete the lines to get desired effect as pictured above, but I'm not sure how to proceed in AI.
Question: How can I use upper layer lines / ellipses (or other shapes) to create transparent lines in the bottom layer?