Put the ellipse in front of the other shape, select both and Pathfinder (panel) Minus Front.
Steve where is the Pathfinder? (panel) Please
Found it under WIndows...Umm The thing is it is also chopping out the C too...? Not just an elipse straight thru. I also tried to Arrange the elipse to the very front?
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?
I will mark it correct. Although I had to dissassemble it. Slide the "C" off it's background after placing my elipse of where I wanted the cut-away via your pathfinder > Minus Front. It worked but it would be nicer to be able to cut out the area after the comp is assembled instead of takling it apart and only chopping out the BG. The way you described removed my "C"Layer with it....
I cannot be any clearer then what the pictures show and what I wrote. Sorry. I am at a loss for a better explanation, here is a pic for you to see... However as mentioned above I had to disassemble after marking the area of my cut away. Then cut as you stated, then assemble.
There must be a better way to cut through all layers without an assembly of Comp, then mark cut out area, then disassemble, make CUT out of marked area and then re-assemble.
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.
Thank you for the help. However, I am unsure of where to find your steps? Maybe you could be so kind as too give them to me? IE: Step 1> Step 2> Step 3> etc... Thanks in advance if you could.
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.
Jacob thank you.....I did it like this after watching a video I found, which is probably the same as you described. For others tryng to figure:
The Tools for this will be found in the (Transparency Tab) RHside of CP near bottom. 2nd set of tabs up (see pic)
Group all your layers of your comp> Set your Mask shape as desired (in my case it was an elipse)> Cut it (via Ctrl "X" Cmnd "X") Select your grouped comp> in your Transparency panel hit the make mask button (you should now see your comp and a blk box in that area) select that Blk box > Now paste that cut shape via Edit>paste in front.
You should now have a moveable mask on top of your comp to adjust as you see fit!
You are welcome, NC.
That is about it.