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As far as I can see, the artwork has four parts, from the top:
1) A partially transparent Type;
2) A copy of the Type used as a Clipping Mask applied to 3) to cut holes in it, so 1) works on 4);
3) A partially transparent yellow rectangle;
4) The image.
Thanks Jacob, I've not used Clipping Masks yet so will be useful for me to have a go now. Appreciate your help - will be back in touch if I still can't do it! Got the Illustrator help though so that should do the trick.
You are welcome, Mark. Please report back in any case.
Jacob, thank you so much for putting me on the right path - in case anybody else wants to do the same thing, here's how I did it.
1) Paste photograph on the bottom.
2) Create rectangular box (in my case in yellow); make slightly transparent if you wish.
3) Create your text. Then copy and paste an exact replica of that text for later use IN 7).
4) Put text on top of rectangular box.
5) Right-click on text and select "Create Outlines" (this turns the text outlines into paths)
6) Select both rectangular box and text, then go Object > Compound Path > Make (or just press Ctrl + 8)
7) I then made my replica text slightly transparent, and hovered it exactly over the compound path I'd just cut - unless anything has been resized, it should fit perfectly.
Thanks again dude, not sure what I'd do without these forums to give me a nudge in the right direction.
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You can get the same results without the need to converting the text to outline and use of a duplicate. Follow the steps below to create the same results with only one object & live editable text.
1. Click and drag to create an Area Text (the size of your rectangle)
2. Enter your text (Set it to black, 80% Opacity, Multiply)
3. Now with the Direct Selection tool, click on the edge of the text area (by doing so you are selecting the "frame" of the text only and you can apply a fill /stroke color to it)
4. Now reselect the entire text object with the selection tool
5. In the Appearance panel, click on the Opacity blue link and check the "Knockout Group" option.
You have now live editable see through text frame made with a single object.
The possibility are endless since you have control over the color, opacity and effect.
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I forget to mention, you can adjust the Inset for the text by using the Type > Area Type Options command.
Very nice, Mark, and Jean-Claude.
And that is the right way to do it, or one of them.
I was too much in a hurry; the Clipping Mask was a dead end.
Thanks Jean-Claude, always good to know different ways to do these things - the more you use Adobe programmes, the more you discover the multitude of ways you can do things.
Thanks as well Jacob, that was just an example I was using to learn how to do this for some HTML e-shots and brochures I'm desiging at the moment. Soon to be going on a DW 'basic website' training course too, so need to brush up on Illustrator first.
Once again, appreciate the help so thanks very much.
Ever since this thread, I've been using the method suggested by Jean-Claude - I have however come into difficulties using this method (which I prefer now) if I wanted a create this effect with a circular background shape. Using the text box method (for want of the correct phrase) appears to be restricted to rectangular shaped boxes... is this the case?
You can create «holes» or «see through» with text inside any shape converted to text area. It’s a bit tricky to select each part separately. Their is some other methods to create «holes» and your original question invited me to write an article about it.
So you can read it on my blog here: http://bit.ly/seethrough
That's fantastic; a really useful article. I like the way you've taken through precise steps so that beginners can follow exactly what you're saying. Regarding my latest question, I've just realised that myself - sometimes I can't see the wood for the trees!
Thanks for the response, appreciate the info as always.
Yet one more way to add to your blog, Jean-Claude:
1. Draw rectangle, set text, set text opacity below 100%.
2. Group rectangle and text objects.
3. Apply Effect>Pathfinder>Subtract to group.
Like some of your other techniques, this one preserves live text and permits different type opacity levels.
Hi Doug, that a good one. It’s not often that we see the use of PathFinder Effects. (Will add it to the blog)
Using your technique, the text will always punch out completely.
Apologies, Jean-Claude. Absolutely correct. No intermediate transparency levels. It's a complete knockout with the Effect technique, identical to the Compound Path and Compound Shape methods.
That's a wonderful resource, Jean-Claude, thanks.
Doug, I have added an update at the bottom of the post to include your way of creating hole. Thanks!
I know this is old post but it's exactly what I'm looking for (I hope); if I follow these steps will I be able to save a gif or png with the cut-out text marked as transparent so I can put the graphic over other assets.
Many thanks for any help.
It will work with PNG-24, but not with GIF.