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!
Should be fairly simple:
I've got similar artwork -
Convert text to outlines by selecting the text, and going to Type > Create outlines
Then go to Transparency menu (if you don't have it open, you can find it by going to Window > Transparency)
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.
Select both groups and click "Make Mask"
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).
Now when you export as PNG, the white area will show as transparent - see below.