Outlined Font and Transparent areas

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I have converted a font into outlines, I am attempting to make the inside areas of the letter B transparent (the the pink will show through. I thought I was good at using clipping and opacity masks, but this one has me stumped.
Also searched through the help and community and because I don't know exact terminology I am not getting much help.  Thanks
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Adobe Community Professional , May 06, 2021 May 06, 2021
I have converted a font into outlines, I am attempting to make the inside areas of the letter B transparent
Something else is in play because when you convert the B to outlines, the result is a Compound Path, and the counters of the B are holes, whereas yours are filled with white, apparently. You shouldn't need to do anything but start over with a freshly-typed B and Convert to Outlines.

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Try using the Shape Builder tool (Shift M) with the Alt key depressed on the white areas.

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When I do that I get what appears to be a transparent grid (see gray area) however it goes away after I move the cursor away. Holding the Alt Key only gives me the Windows error sound. I've not used the Shape Builder tool before, not sure how it works.

 

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The Alt key should give you a minus pointer and clicking the gray area should delete the fill.

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Thanks. I see now how that works.  Thank you for the tip, learned something new. John's comment below worked as there was something else going on. I deleted it and started over and now it works.

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I have converted a font into outlines, I am attempting to make the inside areas of the letter B transparent
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Something else is in play because when you convert the B to outlines, the result is a Compound Path, and the counters of the B are holes, whereas yours are filled with white, apparently. You shouldn't need to do anything but start over with a freshly-typed B and Convert to Outlines.

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I deleted it and started over and it worked! Too much messing with it, I guess.  Thanks!

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