I have made a dart board on AI using elipse tool with 5 layers. Now I would like to clean the white areas to make white areas transparent but if I remove them the circular shape compeletely removes. how can i achieve it?enter image description here

As you can see below the white elipse shape compeletely gone

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  • Pathfinder > Merge then select the white, hit delete. – Scott Nov 24 '15 at 21:59
  • I would say delete the white from the black using Pathfinder>Shape Modes>Minus Front. That will give him the transparency he's looking for. – ErickP Nov 24 '15 at 22:50
  • Merge often works better due to it's removal of underlying objects: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/28128/… – Scott Nov 25 '15 at 1:05
  • @Scott Merge does work similarly to Divide, but you missed a step to Ungroup the merged shape before the "select the white, hit delete" step. Make sure to edit and add to your comment for future reference. Thanks! – paulmz Nov 25 '15 at 16:04
  • @ErickP Minus Front wouldn't work in this case without extra steps. When selecting a stack of shapes, Minus Front will remove all of the shapes above the one at the very back. All of the inner circles would be removed using Minus Front, leaving only a single outer ring. – paulmz Nov 25 '15 at 16:09

You can do this using the Pathfinder:

  1. Select all of the shapes (white and black).
  2. In the Pathfinder palette, press Divide.
  3. Select the circle and Ungroup.
  4. Select the white circles and press Delete.

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NOTE: Always do something like this on a copy of the original version... in case you make a mistake.

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    @Brock - You're welcome! Don't forget to mark the correct answer with a green check mark. Thanks! – paulmz Nov 25 '15 at 15:49
  • Again, same amount of steps as "Minus Front". – ErickP Nov 26 '15 at 18:17
  • Again- @ErickP The amount of steps are irrelevant. Minus front does not work in this case. – paulmz Nov 27 '15 at 0:31
  • Your wrong, it does, hence my example. The steps were one of your original reasons for not using minus front but it does indeed work in this case and equally as well as using divide. – ErickP Nov 28 '15 at 2:28
  • @ErickP - Prove it. And provide specific steps to your process. – paulmz Nov 28 '15 at 2:57

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