Here's example picture below. How to make all the white areas transparent? Triangles, line and text. I have tried Pathfinder but I can't get it work correctly. Thanks in advance :)

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    Nov 11, 2015 at 13:01
  • Possible Duplicate: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/38794/…
    – Scott
    Nov 11, 2015 at 14:56
  • @Scott that's what Darth said as well, but this one is different in that the shapes to be subtracted here are either type or strokes, not full shapes. The answers on the question you link to won't help this question, as the OP indicates she already used the Pathfinder.
    – Vincent
    Nov 11, 2015 at 15:46
  • Okay.. here: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/20648/… :) There are at least 2 others as well :)
    – Scott
    Nov 11, 2015 at 16:07

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You will want to expand all these white shapes before subtracting them from the black circle. Select each of them and choose Object > Expand. For the text, you can also choose Type > Create Outlines but that won't work for the regular shapes.

Then, subtract them from the black circle one by one. Be warned that you will have to ungroup the text after expanding. It might be convenient to turn the resulting shapes into a compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make) before subtracting. that way, you won't have to subtract every letter shape individually.

  • Thanks a lot! Finally I got it work. I selected all white shapes including text --> Expand --> Compound Path --> selected also black circle and then used the Minus Front.
    – Marissa
    Nov 11, 2015 at 13:52
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