I want to make a text effect and for that I want a transparent background. My question arises from here; how do I get a transparent background? I am using Illustrator CC.

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The background is transparent. It is just emulating paper so you can not see it. A block of white is different from the white background.

You can enable Photoshop like transparency grid by choosing View → Show transparency grid (ctrl / cmd + shift + D). On top of that make sure: save for web has transparency enabled. The transparency grid is just a view option, the white background is still transparent, transparency grid or not. (one learns quite quickly to appraise the transparency even without the grid, which can be distracting)

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    This is a naive interpretation of the question. But its hard to tell there might not be enough info. If this didn't answer your intended question then edit your question.
    – joojaa
    Apr 25, 2015 at 7:04
  • This is a problem. I need to draw white text on transparent background. But I don't see text because everything is white... But thanks, your answer helped
    – user924
    Jun 1, 2019 at 13:18

The background already exists as transparent. If you're trying to export for Web and getting a white background then you may be using a image type in the export that doesn't support transparencies. PNG or Gif will fix this.

It's hard to tell what you're asking for.


Its 2019 and now a things are a bit different. You need to set the Transparency mode in AI even when exporting to PNG.

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Notice the tiny Gear icon on the right. This is often missed.

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Then finally you can set the Transparent bacgkground mode.

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    Of course ... the tiny gear-icon! (?!!!) It has nothing to do with 'Android' or 'iOS', naturally, despite being visually grouped with these. Bad Adobe - a UX fail. Jan 17, 2021 at 14:52

On the top of the Adobe Illustrator menu bar choose "view" scroll down to "show transparent grid" and select it.

Additionally you can use the shortcut Shift+Ctrl+D

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    welcome to GD.SE. Your answer doesn't add anything new
    – Luciano
    Jul 22, 2016 at 9:54
  • Indeed. Downvoted... Dec 31, 2023 at 18:38

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