I'm a bit stuck, I have my illustrator file with a design for my logo and I need to remove a part of the shape.

For example, there is a square with a smaller square inside it but the smaller square needs to be removed so there is a hole in the bigger square that the background can penetrate through so it can be exported with transparency and look normal.

How would I do this as I've not been able to figure it out.

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Select both squares, go to 'Window → Pathfinder' and click the 'Minus Front' (second) button. Also a video about this.

  • Amazing. Thank you for the answer and the quick response too!
    – Miles
    Sep 17, 2017 at 21:37

The shapebuilder tool can be used for this purpose.

Select the tool and press Alt to remove a shape.

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