I am trying to copy and paste this icon I designed into an infographic in Illustrator.
The black shadow is a copy of the original icon set behind, so if I set the white of the front element to transparent that black shows.
Is there an easy way to simply select only the white elements and make them transparent?
If I make the white of the icon transparent then this happens.
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Using pathfinder is a destructive process so it isn’t ideal.
A better option is to define a transparency knockout group. In a transparency knockout group, the elements of a group don’t show through each other.
- Group your icon (cmd + G)
- From the transparency panel check Knockout Group.
- Select all the white shapes in your group.
- From the appearance panel set the opacity of the fill (not the whole shape) to 0%.
You now have a transparent icon that you can still edit as before. No need for destructive pathfinder operations.
There are 3 parts to this graphic.
The black shadow, the calendar object and the calendar outline.
For your design, copy the white object with the stroke and paste infront. Make 1 version have no stroke and a fill and the other version have no fill and a stroke. Hide or lock the object with the stroke for now.
Select the top parts both the calendar object and the black shadow (Ungroup from the bottom part of the calendar icon if needed).
Open pathfinder options, Window -> Pathfinder. Select the “Minus Front” option.
Do the same for the bottom half of the calendar icon.
Reveal the stroke.
When you make a fill transparent, it just means you can see right through it to anything that is behind it. In this case, to the shadow object behind it. The image below is one way you can get the desired effect:
I just recreated a simplified version of your artwork to illustrate. There are other, non-destructive ways to do this same thing, but they’re more complicated and involve clipping masks or transparency masks, which you can explore on your own!
Hope that helps! 🙂