Trouble with the pathfinder tool

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Feb 11, 2022 Feb 11, 2022

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Hello. I am trying to subtract type from multiple colored shapes with the pathfinder tool. I have multiple shapes, all different colors.  I need the white type "DETROIT" cut out of these shapes so the background is visible through the letters. 

How do I cut the type out of these shapes without them turning into one color?Screen Shot 2022-02-11 at 3.22.02 PM.png

 

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Feb 11, 2022 Feb 11, 2022

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nic,

 

You can use a(n Opacity) Mask in the Transparency panel, where the DETROIT can be live Type/Grouped paths/Compound Path, with Clip unticked and Invert Mask ticked: just select everything except the background and apply the Mask.

 

Or what Hans-Jürgen is about to say.

 

 

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Feb 11, 2022 Feb 11, 2022

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It is not necessary to use the Pathfinder tool, the Live Paint tool, or the Shape Builder tool.

Try a knockout group. Text can remain editable.



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Or what Jacob just said.

 

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Feb 11, 2022 Feb 11, 2022

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In the transparency pallete. set the opacity of the word to 0%. Group the word with the rainbow strips, then, with the group selected click the Knockout Group checkbox  (also in the transparency pallet).

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I would do what Jakob suggested, the result of an Opacity mask can be displayed by Browsers and non Adobe PDF viewers, but Knockout Groups will not be recognized by them. So it depends on where and how you want to use it.

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Feb 11, 2022 Feb 11, 2022

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Soon today will be yesterday, Ton.

 

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Yes, today was tomorrow yesterday and will be yesterday tomorrow, Jacob.

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