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I am trying to create a logo where the text "knocks out" all layers beneathe it to show the background through it. It's going on material that is blue and the blue from the material is what needs to show through. The problem I'm having is that the text is sitting on a white background. I need just the text area to "knock out" the white area so the blue material it's on shows through. I'm working in Illustrator 10 on Windows XP. I was trying to use the shape mode "subtract" but it's not working. Any suggestions? Thanks!...

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    I am trying to create a logo where the text "knocks out" all layers beneathe it to show the background through it. It's going on material that is blue and the blue from the material is what needs to show through. The problem I'm having is that the text is sitting on a white background. I need just the text area to "knock out" the white area so the blue material it's on shows through. I'm working in Illustrator 10 on Windows XP. I was trying to use the shape mode "subtract" but it's not working. Any suggestions? Thanks!
    Gretchen_Steinbecker@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Gretchen:

    Do you have both the text and the underlying background selected when you use the subtract function? It should be no problem, subtract is the right tool for the job.

    Like so:

    <http://www.itchybug.com/subtract.gif>

    Alt-Clicking on the subtract tool will make the effect permanent, simple clicking will keep it live.

    Bert
    Bert Guest

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    Thank you for your feedback - at least I know I'm using the right tool. Ok - so what if I have multiple layers to "knockout"? The white background also has black horizontal lines going across it and those, along with the text on top of that, need to knockout and show the blue.
    Gretchen_Steinbecker@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Gretchen:

    Outline the lines (Object>Path>Outline Stroke) and select them, too, all objects above the bottom object will knock out of the bottom object.

    Bert
    Bert Guest

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    Default Re: Shape Modes

    Thank you! It worked perfectly!
    Gretchen_Steinbecker@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Shape Modes

    Right on! Glad to help.

    Bert
    Bert Guest

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