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.
I thought masking could do it, but
Thanks in advance for any assistance with this little puzzle.
Mike: That works!
Jacob: That works too!
In both case:
I'll work on these and report back.
Thank you both!
Here's how I solved the final cleanup:
Puzzle solved. Thank you Mike and Jacob.
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.