I'm working on Adobe Illustrator CS6 and I've a question about how to cut an area from a shape using another shape. To clarify the point, I've the first image below.

What I want to do, is to 'cut' the circle shape from the rectangle, so that the rectangle will have a centre transparent hole; image (2)

And of course, if I change the background, it'll look like image (3)

Illustrator cut shapes

Thanks in advance


The pathfinder tool is your friend !

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/combining-objects.html enter image description here

  • You might want to elaborate on what the cut tool does. – Lex Nov 25 '16 at 13:40

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