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Merging a shape with a font

New Here ,
Dec 12, 2023 Dec 12, 2023

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I'm trying to manipulate a font by adding a shape over a letter. I want to make a transparent shape of the state of Georgia inside the "R" but cannot figure out how to merge it together and make the state transparent as if it was part of the inside of the "R".

I saw a video about making the font into a shape first, but I still can't seem to add a transparent shape onto the letter.

This may not make sense, but hopefully the attachment will make sense. The shape of Georgia is black but I want it to be the same as the background so all I have is the letter "R"

Any help would be much appreciated!

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Community Expert , Dec 13, 2023 Dec 13, 2023

Thank you. Georgia is still a placed PNG. You need to trace it first. I have used IMage Trace here. https://youtu.be/9PLe39vQvLo 

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Dec 12, 2023 Dec 12, 2023

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what app?

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Dec 12, 2023 Dec 12, 2023

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Sorry I forgot to add that I’ve been using adobe illustrator

Sent from my iPhone

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Dec 12, 2023 Dec 12, 2023

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in the future, to find the best place to post your message, use the list here, https://community.adobe.com/

p.s. i don't think the adobe website, and forums in particular, are easy to navigate, so don't spend a lot of time searching that forum list. do your best and we'll move the post (like this one has already been moved) if it helps you get responses.



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Community Expert ,
Dec 12, 2023 Dec 12, 2023

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Outline the font via the Type menu

Ungroup, if it's a word.

Put the shape of Georgia in front.

Select the letter R and the shape and in the Pathfinder panel Subtract (second from left in the top row)

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New Here ,
Dec 12, 2023 Dec 12, 2023

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I have followed the instructions exactly and when I subtract on the
pathfinder panel it makes the "R" disappear and the shape of Georgia
remains the same.
Any suggestions would be appreciated

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Dec 13, 2023 Dec 13, 2023

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Please upload an AI file that contains the outlined text and your shape.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 13, 2023 Dec 13, 2023

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turn the type to outlines

ungroup the new type paths so you can select the R

place the georgia path over the R

with both layers selected click the "Subtract front from behind"  there is also a "subtract behind from front"  so select the correct one.

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New Here ,
Dec 13, 2023 Dec 13, 2023

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Thanks for your response. I have followed your instructions and nothing
happens. The Georgia image stays black. I'm not sure what to do from here.

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Dec 13, 2023 Dec 13, 2023

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Please share the AI file.

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Dec 13, 2023 Dec 13, 2023

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Maybe it didn't attach the first time. Should be attached now.
Thanks!

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Please upload it to Dropbox or the like and post a link in here

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/16Peu4-LhDqIX1E_BkUJhUOtZFPyD70sR/view?usp=drive_link

hopefully this works. The letters are white so they don't show up without a
transparent background.

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Thank you. Georgia is still a placed PNG. You need to trace it first. I have used IMage Trace here. https://youtu.be/9PLe39vQvLo 

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Dec 14, 2023 Dec 14, 2023

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This was so helpful--thank you so much!

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Dec 14, 2023 Dec 14, 2023

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You're welcome! Glad you could solve it.

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Dec 13, 2023 Dec 13, 2023

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If you wanted to keep the font live (not outlined), you can use Opacity Mask.

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  1. Select the text and click the Make Mask button on the Transparency panel.
  2. You will see that the text on your artboard dissappeared and the second square in the Transparency panel is all black. Basically what is black will be masked and white will be shown.
  3. Click on the second square on the Transparency panel. Now you are in the masking mode to create a mask.
  4. Draw a white rectangular shape on your artboard over where the text was to show the text on the artboard.
  5. Then, paste your black state shape over the white shape to mask off that area. Make sure that its colour is 100% black.
  6. Now click on the first square on the Transparency panel to get out of the masking mode.

If you want the mask to move with your text, make sure that the icon between the two squares on the Transparency panel is the linked icon.

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