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
By selecting both shapes and hitting Subtract on the
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:
In this instance I would select ONLY the Polygons:
Object -> Compound Path -> Make or cmd+8:
If I select everything:
Pathfinder with an option of
Minus Front on a design that has three shapes it will result in:
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:
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:
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!