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I am new to Illustrator and learning it for my graphic needs. I am working to create buttons for an app so I grabbed some free resources from the internet. I found and eps file for different states of button and I want to extract buttons from that and export them to png (with transparent background for the round corners) but I cannot figure it out how to do that. Here is the preview of the eps file with 3 buttons enter image description here

But the problem is that background too contributes to the object effects and if I remove background this happens.

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So what I need is to:

  1. merge the background so that objects have that background effects.
  2. copy the object (one button with background) to photoshop.
  3. export it then from photoshop.

I can copy and export from photoshop but how to merge the background.

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I downloaded the EPS, unfortunately it's not as simple as deleteing the background, there are a lot of overlapping gradients with blending modes and what-not.

  1. Mask off the background. I just drew rectangles over each button, but you can copy & paste the existing shapes for a more acurate mask.

    Create a compound path out of your masking shapes (Ctrl+8), select that and the background and create a clipping mask (Ctrl+7).

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  1. Set the black stop on the gradients to transparent. Most of the gradients are the same so you can select one and do "Select → Same → Fill Color" to get most of them.

    There are a few white gradients too that aren't easy to spot on a white background, set those to be transparent too (Turn on the transparency grid to help you see them).

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Ta-da:

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Of course, if you're not too worried about the glow on the outside you could have just masked the whole thing to begin with instead of messing about with those gradients...

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