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I want to cut out some text out of a rectangle made up of different objects with different patterns as fillings so that I end up with the text in negative space, but whatever I try, it doesn't work. I tried clipping mask, pathfinder, making a mask and inverting it. Nothing seems to work. In the picture, you can see the artboard with the shapes filled with patterns. In black the text that I want to cut out. I already changed the text into outlines. All help and tips are welcome!

Screenshot of the artboard

  • You want the text in negative you say? Why not just make it white? Or do you want the patterns to only be visible inside the letters? – Wolff Oct 16 '19 at 18:37
  • I want to print it on a white shirt. So I need a file that is just one collor and everything that needs to be white has to be negative space – Daan Oct 16 '19 at 18:47
  • Take it easy! I guess your printer wants a PNG file where non-printed areas are 100% transparent and the printed areas filled with the same blue as we see in the question. The text OWC should be transparent too (=shirt fabric with no printed color). Right? – user287001 Oct 16 '19 at 19:10
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Should be fairly simple:

I've got similar artwork -

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Convert text to outlines by selecting the text, and going to Type > Create outlines

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Then go to Transparency menu (if you don't have it open, you can find it by going to Window > Transparency)

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You'll have to group any background layers together, and then group any transparency layers together like the below. Transparent layer will need to be on top.

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Select both groups and click "Make Mask"

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Play with the "Clip" and "Invert mask" options until you get it right. I have to deselect "Clip" and select "Invert mask" to show the transparency layer as transparent against the background. (By default, masks show black is transparent and white is visible).

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Now when you export as PNG, the white area will show as transparent - see below.

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Good luck.

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