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What I am looking to do is for those areas in red to be transparent. However the problem is that they are placed on to of the areas in white so they do not show the background when the svgs is placed on a colored area.

Would appreciate any suggestions on if / how I can do this with Adobe Illustrator.

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  • Welcome to GD.SE - Please look through tour to learn about our community; then look over How to Ask and How to Answer a question to see what makes a good query, and how best to frame it. I must admit to being very confused by your post: you want the red areas transparent, but you've placed them above (stacking order) white background elements so that when the resulting SVG is placed on a coloured background, that background does NOT show through - in other words, to prevent them from behaving like transparent items. Perhaps you can edit your question to make it clearer and less confusing? – GerardFalla Mar 16 '20 at 18:08
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Select all, then use the Shape Builder tool while holding down Alt/Option to delete the red pieces

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Another option would be to create compound paths from your different objects-

for example, the text bubble and the 3 rectangular "text" lines- select them all with the black arrow (selection) tool and go to Object> Compound Path> Make.

If you want to modify any of the compound path objects separately later you can select and go to Object> Compound Path> Release and change any of the individual objects- then re-make the compound path

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