Can I invert a shape layer?

New Here ,
Nov 03, 2010 Nov 03, 2010

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When I create a shape layer, of course the path is closed and the fill is on the inside of the shape. Is there a why to invert this so that the fill is on the outside with an editable "hole" on the inside?

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Participant , Nov 03, 2010 Nov 03, 2010
You can create a 'hole' by changing the shape option on the options bar.Firstly draw the 'hole' shape, then change the option to 'exclude overlapping shape areas.now you can draw the shape for the outer edge - this can go beyond the edge of your document.  the center should now appear as a whole.

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You can create a 'hole' by changing the shape option on the options bar.

Firstly draw the 'hole' shape, then change the option to 'exclude overlapping shape areas.

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now you can draw the shape for the outer edge - this can go beyond the edge of your document.  the center should now appear as a whole.

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Thanks! I knew I had done it before, just couldn't remember how

.... So THAT'S what that exclude button is for

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Is it possible to do the same thing in Illustrator? I want to "mask" what is outside of the text, so that the text is empty space surrounded by the art (for single-color screenprint- (i.e. cyan art on navy blue canvas, the text shows navy blue without adding a color to the printing)

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Aimee

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Dec 13, 2010 Dec 13, 2010

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aimeebutterfly wrote:

Is it possible to do the same thing in Illustrator? I want to "mask" what is outside of the text, so that the text is empty space surrounded by the art (for single-color screenprint- (i.e. cyan art on navy blue canvas, the text shows navy blue without adding a color to the printing)

Thanks,

Aimee

Just make the text with pure white. When you separate the colors on film for offset or screenprinting, white means no ink of any kind will be applied and the color of the paper or medium used will be what will show on the white spots in your illustrator file.

If you want to simulate your blue color canvas you can use that color temporarily for the text.

You can also mask text in illustrator but that will make sense for revealing another art from the object below the text but in your case this is unnecessary

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