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In the image below you'll see the white section (highlighted blue). The black section behind it is one path, and the white another. How do I remove the white from the black so it becomes transparent? Hope that makes sense <3

How do I remove the highlighted white section and make it transparent?

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By selecting both shapes and hitting Subtract on the Pathfinder Palette:

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This answer addresses if the above has THREE shapes and not two. Vincent's answer is correct if there are two shapes.

I would take your designs as so:

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In this instance I would select ONLY the Polygons:

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Navigate to Object -> Compound Path -> Make or cmd+8:

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If I select everything:

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and do Pathfinder with an option of Minus Front on a design that has three shapes it will result in:

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I would like to recommend another way of creating the transparent areas: the 'Knockout Group Option'. It is extremely useful especially when working with text objects (but of course it works with any kind of shapes). Here is a short example:

  • Create white rectangle (background) and put it into the separate layer:

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  • Create a new layer (e.g. text) and draw black rectangle:

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  • Put your text over the black rectangle (the same layer):

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  • Set Text Fill and Stroke Colors to None:

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  • Go to Appearance Panel > Add New Fill:

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  • Drag the new fill below the Characters:

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  • Click on the Opacity link (below the new fill) and set Opacity to 0%:

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  • Go back to your artboard, select the black rectangle and the text and group it (Object > Group)

  • Go to Appearance Panel > Click on the Opacity link > and check the Knockout Group option:

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  • And here it is! The black rectangle has been punched with the text:

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  • Note that this method doesn’t expand your text – you can freely change the string content and Adobe Illustrator will recalculate your work fully automatically. Like this:

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Easiest thing that works for me is going to tools on the left and selecting live paint bucket and selecting "none" in the swatches then painting the space I need gone!

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