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How do you make object backgrounds transparent in Illustrator?

Discussion in 'Programming & Webmastering' started by xarzu, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. xarzu

    xarzu

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    Hello Forum.
    How do you make the background of an object transparent in Adobe Illustrator?
    I have been having issues with using the Magic Wand tool in Adobe Illustrator as well as the lasso tool.
    Basically, I am trying to put a small graphic into a new Illustrator file.
    The first thing I tried to do is to use the magic wand tool. But I found out that this did not work on a jpeg image since it did not have any individual objects to select.
    So I tried something new. I opened the file in Adobe Photoshop and used the lasso tool to select an area. Then I coped this area. Then I tried to paste it into Adobe Illustrator. But the background was not transparent for the pasted image.
    How do I make the background transparent.
    I made this small video to show what I am talking about:

    I noticed that the background is a layer in the image I made in photoshop. I tried turning it off or making it invisible, but that did not help.
    http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Athono/hidebackground_zps0338ed4b.png
    http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Athono/backgroundinphotoshop_zps04ea33fd.png
  2. 1nstan7 New Member

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    just use the magic want tool on the white and hit delete. Or make it easy and just send the file

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