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How do I create a set of framed transparent windows?

Feb 19, 2013 8:44 AM

Tags: #mask

Hello All,

 

I want to create a set of framed windows that are transparent, so that I can place any image below the frame in the stacking order, and the image will show through the windows.

 

If it worked, the image below would show the trees though the five windows instead of the five white rounded rectangles, but the grey gradiant and the text would remain.

 

2013-02-19_1128.png

 

I thought masking could do it, but

  1. Masking crops the image to the window, but it also removes the grey gradiant frame, and
  2. I can't get masking to work with more than on window, even if I group the five windows.

 

Thanks in advance for any assistance with this little puzzle.

 
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    Feb 19, 2013 8:49 AM   in reply to ac iLiv
    1. Select the silver frame shape, and your white shapes
    2. Pathfinder >> minus front
     
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    Feb 19, 2013 8:52 AM   in reply to ac iLiv

    ac,

     

    As I (mis)understand it, you can just select the grey gradient rectangle and the white rounded rectangles, then Object>Compound Path>Make.

     

    Edit: Hi Mike.

     
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    Feb 19, 2013 11:46 AM   in reply to ac iLiv

    For my part you are welcome, ac.

     

    To get the round corners appearance to work, you can just select all the rectangles with the Rounded Corner effect and Object>Expand Appearance: that will change them to simple/regular rounded rectangles.

     

    when you make a compound path, it's stacks at the top of the layer

     

    Not quite: it is stacked where the topmost constituent path was, so at least one of the rectangles with the Rounded Rectangle effects must have been above the live Type.

     
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    Feb 19, 2013 12:00 PM   in reply to ac iLiv

    You are welcome, ac, and welcome to this friendly forum.

     
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