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making a "hole in an object"

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by philjohns, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

    Ok wierd qestion...my minds gone blank and Im SURE its possible...

    I have a picture of a man (like on a toilet door) and want to make a "hole" in his body out of words so that he is solid but the hole spells a word etc etc.

    Its difficult to explain so ill upload a picture but any ideas on how i can do it?

    Thanks,

    Phil


    see attachment - i need the white text to be a "hole" in the man so it can be printed as one colour...
     

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  2. Becky

    Becky Member

    I err (probably do it the wrong way, but it works). select the man and the text. click 'trim' on the pathfinder palette. then right-click > ungroup, and delete the white bit :|
     
  3. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    You could do that in illustrator with the pathfinder tool have you got an example?
     
  4. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    Lol i do it a similar way to becky but it also works for me, i just tried it. Select the man and text, then click minus front (pathfinder)
     
  5. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

    Hmm it doesnt seem to be working.

    I think its cos the text goes off the edge of the man aswell....
     
  6. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    That looks right to me, you won't know if its worked cos its just white behind try putting a gradient box behind to see if it has worked. However, that is just one colour ain't it, 'cos white is paper?! :confused:
     
  7. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

    Yeh, basically i need just the black to be an object and not the lettering. Cos its for a one colour tshirt design....if you understand where im coming from.

    This is really bugging me as there is know way that this design is possible if i cant manage it...
     
  8. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Put the text on to the man. Then use magic wand to select each letter.
    Than move back to the original illustration layer and delete.
     
  9. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Like this? Maybe....
     

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  10. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

    exactly that..... i think

    if this works i will be so appreciative...i think i need a step by step though...it still doesnt seem to work...
     
  11. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Bring it on.
     
  12. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

    have i missed something?
     
  13. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member


    Step by step can help you if yer like. It really is a simple process.:)
     
  14. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

    step by step would be good. im sure ive got to be doing something wrong.

    do i need the text as outlines yeh? and on a seperate layer to the man?
     
  15. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    text as outlines, sep layer not necessary, just select the man and the text and click on this button
     

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  16. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Yes, the text has to be on a different layer.
    Highlight the text with the wand THEN switch back to your main illustration layer.
    The wand outline will now be on the main illustration .....press delete to punch that fella out.
    Sorted.
     
  17. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

    Cant get that to work typo but thanks a lot anyway.

    Allyallys way has worked a treat though! thanks guys! SAVIOURS!
     
  18. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Glad you got there.
     
  19. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    cool glad it worked for ya!
     
  20. Tom Sound

    Tom Sound Active Member

    you could just do it in white, that won't print will it?

    :confused:
     

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