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How to create transparency between objects

Mar 21, 2013 10:59 PM

Hi, I'm hoping you cam assist with something that is troubling me.


I have a circle with split into 5 segments (image A).



All of the segments have a stroke (1px) of white, and a fill.


What I want is for the STROKE to be transparent so that when I position the 5 segments over a different background colour (image B) I see the colour underneath where the white stroke would otherwise appear. To recap - I would like to retain the width of the stroke, and make the stroke coloue transparent..


I've tried the Opacity setting, but this applies to the object, not just the stroke.


Your help would be gratefully received.


Thanks. I'm on CS5

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    Mar 21, 2013 11:18 PM   in reply to missingellie

    I don't necessarily understand keeping the stroke if you don't want it to appear. Try setting the stroke's opacity via the Appearance panel to Multiply.





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    Mar 22, 2013 12:12 AM   in reply to missingellie

    Ah, I see how you drew it.


    I would make a copy of your design. Remove the stroke. Draw a straight line the size of the gap you want. You'll loose the color difference (the blue) but I would make a compund path of the shutters. Position a copy of the line over a joint. Use the pathfinder to slice a piece between two of the shutters. Make another line copy, position, rinse and repeat.


    While my copy of your design began as a trace, you are welcome to it if it helps.


    Take care, Mike

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    Mar 22, 2013 3:36 AM   in reply to missingellie



    To get the shapes inside the outer stroke as seen to the left in post #2, you may just:


    1) Select everything and Object>Expand (Fill&Stroke),

    2)Pathfinder>Divide and Ungroup,

    3) Select one of the former strokes, Select>Same>Fill Color and delete.

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