You start with an image that has a transparent canvas. You can always change the canvas color from white to transparent by going to
Modify > Canvas > Canvas Color...
The text you just set on the image, as usual.
The red and grey shape doesn't have a white outline, it's just that setting the transparent image on a white page makes it look that way. To make a similar kind of object, you would need four vector objects.
Here's how you might go about something like your example
And...I think that should get you in the right area.
- Start with a red ellipse and a grey ellipse, the same size, and in the same position.
- The middle cut-out looks like an S in a script font, but it might just be a random shape. If you use a character, make sure to convert to paths and you may need to ungroup.
- Get your S-shape (or any shape that you want to use to cut out the center) set up the way you want it, then duplicate it.
- In the layers palette, arrange your objects so you have (top to bottom) S-shape, oval, S-shape, oval.
- Select the top S-shape and oval, then go to Modify > Combine Paths > Punch
- Use the sub-select tool (the white-headed arrow) to select and delete the points of the object you don't want, either singly or by drawing a rectangle around multiple points.
- Hide this first cut object.
- Select the other S-shape and oval, punch, and delete unwanted points.
- Show the first cut object.
to me it looks like just transparent gif with white matte
nothing custom to achieve