I downloaded these ribbons from freepik
and I want to remove the ribbons from the background. What is the easiest way to do this in illustrator?
It doesn't seem to be a vector because it is one solid image, here are the layers.
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From Here: http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/paper-ribbons-vector-set_724790.htm Download the pack.
Open the .AI file.
Use the white arrow tool to select the background box, hit Delete.
You might have to delete or redraw some of the shadow elements.
I would download the file again because i do have all the layers, freepik vector always have a masklayer too so remember to: right click, Release clippling mask, the ctrl+a (select all) right-click: Un-group
And if that doesn work because it has to many groups and you dont have time to un-group every object the select the white arrow and click the Red Background, go to select - Same - Fill color (All red vectors should be selected at this point) and hit delete.
At first all those shadows without a BG are going to be weird if you want them i would put another background if you dont want them then ungroup every ribbon you want and delete the shadows.