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cutting out a shape with compound Path ?

May 23, 2013 4:22 PM

Tags: #mask #cutting_shape_out_of_picture_masking_compound_path_clipping_mask_clipp ing

Hello Cs6 here.... I am trying to cut out a simple shape to allow the area under the shape to be  trasnparent or Alpha. Like a Mask. Except when I use the Mask it does at it should do and mask the area where the shape is and MASKING or removing the areas not under the mask. I tried Compound path but I am not getting any result from it. My shape stays right on top of my work and does not "cut it out" to allow the Background to shine through as an alpha channel. See pics for clarity please. Any specific path or steps would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

NCshapeaway.PNGmask cut.PNG

I want to reverse this where the circle is cut out and the rest stays visible.....

 
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    May 23, 2013 4:28 PM   in reply to Netcommercial

    Put the ellipse in front of the other shape, select both and Pathfinder (panel) Minus Front.

     
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    May 23, 2013 5:04 PM   in reply to Netcommercial

    Not quite sure what it is you are trying to clip.

    Do you want to clip the C shape (which is what I assumed) or do you want a hole in the blue background?

     

    Maybe a compound clipping mask would do the trick?

     
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    May 24, 2013 4:12 AM   in reply to Netcommercial

    Netcommercial,

     

    You may use Make Opacity Mask from the Transparency palette flyout, with Inverse Mask for a white ellipse.

     

    Or create a large rectangle round the ellipse and make a Compound Path of them to use as a Clipping Path for a Clipping Mask.

     
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    May 24, 2013 12:03 PM   in reply to Netcommercial

    NC,

     

    In the second image of the OP you have the ellipse placed, and then you have performed Object>Clipping Mask>Make.

     

    Instead of that, you can just select both the ellipse and the artwork and Transparency palette flyout>Make Opacity Mask, and that is it, with Inverse Mask for a white ellipse.

     

    Or instead of that, you can:

     

    1) Create a rectangle that extends past the artwork behind the ellipse;

    2) Select both the ellipse and the rectangle and Object>Compound Path>Make;

    3) Select the Compound Path and the artwork and Object>Clipping Mask>Make.

     
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    May 24, 2013 3:15 PM   in reply to Netcommercial

    You are welcome, NC.

     

    That is about it.

     
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