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Subtract Stroke in barcode

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Jun 08, 2020

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Hi all,

I'm trying to remove a fish outline that passes through a barcode.

 

Annotation 2020-06-08 134117.png

 

The result I want is:

Annotation 2020-06-08 140401.png

 

I've followed the instructions in post 10377850 entitled 'subtract stroke' and converted the stroke of the object and the barcode lines to an outline using Path> Outline Stroke but then only a part of the barcode at the tail remains and I end up with this:

Annotation 2020-06-08 140638.png

What am I doing wrong?

 

Thanks!

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

You can use either an opacity mask. Looks like this:

Bildschirmfoto 2020-06-08 um 15.48.39.png

Can be strokes or fills. Must be black.

When applying, uncheck the setting: Crop in the transparency panel

 

Or can be a clipping mask. Looks like this

Bildschirmfoto 2020-06-08 um 15.48.45.png

If those are mutliple paths, they need to be a compound path

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Subtract Stroke in barcode

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Hi all,

I'm trying to remove a fish outline that passes through a barcode.

 

Annotation 2020-06-08 134117.png

 

The result I want is:

Annotation 2020-06-08 140401.png

 

I've followed the instructions in post 10377850 entitled 'subtract stroke' and converted the stroke of the object and the barcode lines to an outline using Path> Outline Stroke but then only a part of the barcode at the tail remains and I end up with this:

Annotation 2020-06-08 140638.png

What am I doing wrong?

 

Thanks!

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

You can use either an opacity mask. Looks like this:

Bildschirmfoto 2020-06-08 um 15.48.39.png

Can be strokes or fills. Must be black.

When applying, uncheck the setting: Crop in the transparency panel

 

Or can be a clipping mask. Looks like this

Bildschirmfoto 2020-06-08 um 15.48.45.png

If those are mutliple paths, they need to be a compound path

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Probably the barcode consists of actual strokes (and not shapes). Pathfinders don't like strokes, but also outlining barcode lines might not be a good idea - you need to check that with your printer.

 

You could try masking instead.

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I already tried masking, but then I ended up with just a fish shape with lines in it, but maybe I did it wrong.

How would you suggest doing it?

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You can use either an opacity mask. Looks like this:

Bildschirmfoto 2020-06-08 um 15.48.39.png

Can be strokes or fills. Must be black.

When applying, uncheck the setting: Crop in the transparency panel

 

Or can be a clipping mask. Looks like this

Bildschirmfoto 2020-06-08 um 15.48.45.png

If those are mutliple paths, they need to be a compound path

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Thanks Monika!
I'll have to read up a bit more on HOW it worked, but I made a transparency mask as you mentioned and then poked around until I hit the 'knockout' option and that resulted in exactly what I was looking for.

Thank you!

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