So I want to have an empty star in my object; almost like a hole in the middle but star-shaped. How can I chop out the star shape in my object and make it transparent?

  • Wellcome to GD.SE. Do you know what a compound path is?
    – joojaa
    Commented May 8, 2015 at 4:54
  • Now I do! I'll give it a try tomorrow
    – Rhys
    Commented May 8, 2015 at 6:12
  • If it's not an image, you might want to use Window > Pathfinder.
    – Joonas
    Commented May 8, 2015 at 6:51
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    – Ilan
    Commented May 8, 2015 at 8:40

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The Pathfinder is your friend, for things like this.

Starting with my two paths (rectangle and star).


Make sure the object that you want to punch out is on top of the object you want to make the hole in.


Open your Pathfinder (Window > Pathfinder). I like to keep mine pinned to the toolbar on the right, because it gets used a lot. Make sure that both paths are selected and press the circled option (Minus Front).


That will give you this result:


As you can see, the two paths have now been combined into a Compound Path and the star is now a hole in the rectangle.



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