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Applying Clipping/Transparency Mask to all layers?

Feb 27, 2013 2:36 PM

Tags: #transparency #opacity #masks #work_path

Alright, so I'm about to rip my hair out. I'm a Photoshop guy who occasionally vectorizes stuff into Illustrator CS4 by exporting work paths. Usually it works fine, but it's been a few years since I've done this and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to apply an opacity mask to an area of a layer so that it is transparent through all objects of the layer down to the background.


Basically, I created an image with text in Photoshop. I exported work paths to illustrator and colored/filled in all the objects. I need to cut out certain parts of the image so that they're transparent through to the background so that when the image is printed up on a shirt, fabric shows through rather than ink. This sounds like a stupid question, and it probably is, but I just can't get it to work.


I've gone through all the steps of creating an opacity mask, but every time I make the object transparent, I just get a white fill from an underlying object. It will not cut through to the transparent background. I need to get this object to cut through all layers. I'll admit that a huge part of the problem is my inability to adapt to an "Illustrator" way of thinking, so this is undoubtedly easy but I just can't get my brain wrapped around a solution. Can anyone help?


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    Feb 27, 2013 4:48 PM   in reply to sportwarrior14

    there is a simpler way:


    1. Do one of the following:
      • Group together the objects you want to use, and select the group.
      • Move the objects you want to use into a separate layer, and target the layer.
    2. Choose Effect > Pathfinder and choose a Pathfinder effect



    for source reference, see this link


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