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  • how to cut out a shape from multiple layers / objects?

  • patrick collins

    October 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm


    So I have a path (a circle) which has a gradient… Then I have another path with an oval overlapping the circle with a layer style of “overlay” and some transparency, creating a reflection/shine sort of effect..

    My question is, I have a letter that I want to use as a ‘selection shape’ and place it in the center of the circle and copy the gradient / overlay layer effect in the shape of the letter and paste it so that I have both the shape, and a ‘cut out’ of it… I have not been able to figure out how to do this exactly..

    Thank you.


  • les nemeth

    October 16, 2010 at 8:59 am
  • Mike Gondek

    October 19, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Layer 2 (Letter)
    Letter Shape
    Oval Overlay

    Layer 1 (Background)
    Letter shape

    Select the 3 elements in layer 2. Then use object >> clipping mask >>make. Your top object (the letter) will mask out the other elements underneath in your selection.

    Then select you 2 elements in layer 1, and use pathfinder >> minus front.

    Obviously after you create this you will not notice any difference, until you move one of the two layers. It is like using a cookie cutter on dough, but with much more digital precision.

  • patrick collins

    October 22, 2010 at 8:34 pm


    I am a little confused… How do I have “letter shape” and “circle” in two layers? Am I supposed to duplicate these layers? really?


  • Mike Gondek

    October 22, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Yes, copy to the clipboard and use paste in front or back

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