I have a heart shape graphic and a paw print graphic. I want to create a logo with the heart white and the paw print inside and the background transparent. Seems like it should be simple. But I need help, apparently.
In the example I uploaded, where it's black, I need it to be transparent.
Group the paths which make up the paw, bring the paw group in front of the heart path, select both and make a compound path (Ctrl + 8).
There's no need to group it.
Groups inside compound paths can lead to weird issues.
Thanks for your responses. I'm afraid I'm more of a beginner than that. ☺️
Do you have vector shapes or just that PNG?
Select the paw shape (all that belongs to it.
Open the other file
Arrange both the shapes.
Object > Compound path > Make
Could happen that some shapes don't punch correctly.
In that case: open Attributes panel
Click on the right most button "Fill rule Even odd"
You need to select both your shapes.
They are shapes, right? Not pixel images.
all the shapes within the paw print are one png file.
Do I have to select each black shape to punch them out?
"all the shapes within the paw print are one png file"
In that case select both the black paw print PNG and the white heart, then in the Transparency panel click Make (Opacity) Mask (with Clip and Invert Mask unticked).
Compound Paths only works with vector objects.
Too easy! I searched forever online, and that was all it took.
For my part you are welcome, Lee.
When Monika asked "They are shapes, right? Not pixel images." it was because Compound Paths only works with vector objects, and that question led to the solution of the riddle.
So if Monika had seen your answer, she would have made the Opacity Mask suggestion straight away; but at that time it was past 1AM.