I need the center of the letter A in Illustrator to be transparent so you can see the background underneath. Same with letter D, B, O, P, R.

I imported a vector version of a word, and I am able to select the letter but if I click delete button it deletes the whole word.

enter image description here


Select the letter and its counter (hole) and choose Object > Compound Path > Make.

  • this worked! I had to select with the white arrow. Apr 30 '12 at 23:37
  • also I had to hold SHIFT while selecting the hole's path. Apr 30 '12 at 23:38
  • once selected I can use the shortcut CTRL+8 Apr 30 '12 at 23:39

Window → Pathfinder

Select your letter.

Click on "divide." That should punch a hole in the middle of your solid R or A.

Click on the WHITE arrow (Direct Selection). Click on the LINE around the counter space (the open spot you want to see through) and delete.

  • unfortunately this method did not work for me. Thank you though! Apr 30 '12 at 23:38

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.