I have this tree shape artwork and i want to trim hole (which are spotted with black color). I tried with all the trim options, Did not work. How can i trim. Any other way or option


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Assuming the circles are on top of everything else...

  • Select all the circles
  • Choose Object > Compound Path > Make from the menu. This forces Illustrator to see the circles as one, singular object, rather than a collection of objects.
  • Change the Fill of the circles to be either 100C100M100Y100K or 0R0G0B, depending upon the color mode you are working in. (Yes, 100% of all inks in CMYK - it's for a mask not printed objects.)
  • Select all the artwork (trees and circles)
  • On the Transparency Panel (Window > Transparency) click the Make Mask button
  • Untick the Clip button on the Transparency Panel

This will give you an Opacity Mask which will "punch" out the holes in the underlying artwork.

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More on opacity masks...


Definitely what Scott said, but depending on your end purpose, it may actually be easier and quicker to just edit the circles from a black fill, to a white fill.

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