This is probably quite simple but the answer eludes me. What I want to do is to create a borderless coloured rectangle (which I can do!), then drag text over it and cut the text out so it leaves the original rectangle with transparent text if you know what I mean.
I can easily do this in PS with the magic lasso but obviously I lose the quality when re-importing it back into AI.
If someone can shed any light it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in anticipation
Another way is to set the text above (in front of) the rectangle, select and group both, then in the Transparency Panel click the Knockout Group box until the check/tick mark appears. You can then select the text with the Direct Selection Tool, apply any opacity you like to the text (0 opacity will make it fully transparent), and apply any color. A double click will allow you to edit the text.
Hi, thanks for that Tromboniator. Appreciated.
One further question if I may,
Say that I have a solid rectangle again but this time the writing is actually an *.ai vector itself. eg the word "hello" which all 4 letters were individual vectors. How could I place them in front of the rectangle then make them transparent.
Obviously the above two solutions apply to text but doesnt appear to work with a vector on top of a rectangle.
I'm busy grasping the basics but would love to know how this is done.
The solutions above will both work with vectors as well. Just group the vectors that you want to be cut out for the top one. For the second one, you can group the vectors and then make the larger group, or just group the whole thing, apply Knockout group then apply your transparancy separately to each element you want knocked out.
Alternately, using the Minus Front option in the Pathfinder panel will get you the desired result.
Select both your text outlines and the rectangle.
Select the Minus Front option in the Pathfinder panel.
Bam! Here's your result.
Everyone's solutions are all really good. Lots of help here!
This is what SRiegel described, grouping the letter shapes and the blue rectangle and creating a Knockout group. Each letter's opacity was set to a different value in the Transparency Panel. The exception is the "o" where I went to the Appearance Panel, selected and adjusted only the fill's opacity, so the fill is transparent but the stroke is opaque. I'm assuming you have one of the more recent versions of Illustrator, where all of the opacity control can be done in the Appearance Panel.