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I downloaded a vector from an online stock image library. The vector is of a car that should only have one color, black. Unfortunately, it has some white areas that I need to be transparent. The only color I want on the vector is black. I tried selecting all of the white areas and deleting them but that just makes everything black because the white areas are layered on top of the black areas.

Is there a way for me to tell illustrator to just cut out all of the white areas and everything in the layer below these areas? Basically I want to do a global "minus" of every area that is white.

See image below.

Thanks.

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  1. Select all the white objects you wish to use for cutting out the black. In the example below, I held down Shift while selecting them in the layers panel. You could also do it using the Selection Tool (V) while holding down Shift, or select one white object and do Select > Same > Fill colour

  2. Turn the white objects into a compound path using Object > Compound Path > Make or use the Shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+8

  3. Select both the black part, and the white compound path

  4. Use Minus front in the pathfinder

Example:

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I know you didn't ask this, but another possibility is to use the Shape Builder tool.

  1. Select all Ctrl/Cmd+A

  2. Choose the Shape Builder Tool Shift+M

  3. While holding down Alt click on the white objects one at a time.

Example:

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  • Based on a solution from another post, what I ended up doing was selecting everything, then merge (from Pathfinder), then use magic wand to select all white parts, then hit delete. Worked like a charm. Apr 4 '19 at 14:46
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1) Select the direct select tool (A).

2) Select one of the white color objects.

3) Go to Select -> Same -> Fill Color and then delete all white selected objects.

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