I have a rectangle object in Illustrator with a hole in it which forms the actual desired object. Can I invert the object so the inner hole becomes the actual object?

  • Menu Object > Compound Path > Release; Cmd + Alt + Shift + 8 – Mac; Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 8 – Win – user120647 Oct 12 '18 at 9:28
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    @Danielillo That's an answer I'd upvote if it were in the answer space and I'd not given it myself just now ;) – Vincent Oct 12 '18 at 9:38
  • @Vincent Yes, I have become a bit selective with the questions. I have the feeling this question has been asked a hundred times. – user120647 Oct 12 '18 at 9:41
  • @Danielillo If you find a dupe, please vote to close this question as a dupe of that. Thanks! – Vincent Oct 12 '18 at 9:45
  1. Select your current shape, using the selection tool (V or Esc);
  2. Choose Object > Compound Path > Release (Alt+Shift+Ctrl/Cmd+8).

This creates two paths: one being your rectangle, the other your desired shape.

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