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    Hi;

    This is kind of hard to explain, but here goes. I'm working with a font - "All Star", downloadable from dafonts.com - comprised of block letters. The "fill" color forms an outline of the letter, leaving holes through which you see the background color. However, rather than the background color, I'd like to see a different color -- white, for example. I've attached a gif that shows an example of what I'm talking about.

    In the past, when working with *solid* block letters, I created a clipping mask with a filled rectangle. That approach doesn't seem to work in this scenario since I'm not trying to replace the font's fill color, but the transparent part of each letter.

    I've tried duplicating the text on a separate layer and converting to outlines, then trying various things to produce a white-filled version of the text that I can use to 'underlay' the original text so that white shows through the transparent part, but without success.

    Hopefully that made sense. Any ideas?

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    If you are creating a graphic, when you export the graphic, does it give you a chance to change the transparent mask ?

    I've done what you explained in fireworks ( convert to path ), then fill the void space with the standard fill tool. Converting to outlines doesn't do much... If you have an option, try convert to path and see if you can fill the void.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webzarus, post: 222619
    If you are creating a graphic, when you export the graphic, does it give you a chance to change the transparent mask ?

    I've done what you explained in fireworks ( convert to path ), then fill the void space with the standard fill tool. Converting to outlines doesn't do much... If you have an option, try convert to path and see if you can fill the void.
    In Illustrator (at least in the ancient version I have), you can "create outlines" from text, which converts the characters to paths -- compound paths in this case. Yes, I can laboriously break apart each character into its constituent paths and fill the void space with color, but this is very time consuming (and difficult for complicated characters). I was hoping there was some relatively straightforward way to do this for the whole character string at once.

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    I'm sure there is something similar, just a matter or digging it out.

    Outline and paths in fireworks work differently. Sorry

    Perhaps someone with more adobe experience will be by shortly.

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    Hello.. I work with Illustrator.

    I presume the inner section is a seperate path?

    What I shall do is create a quick tutorial on how to minus paths in a unit. Gimme 20 mins.
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    Okay here you go. This should answer your question
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    Not exactly what I needed, but the pointer to the Pathfinder tool was the key to the solution:

    1. duplicate the text
    2. create outlines
    3. pathfinder > merge
    4. change fill color
    5. direct-select any paths that need be remain transparent (like the center of an 'O') and change fill to transparent.
    6. arrange original text over new object

    Thanks!

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    No problem. Glad ya got it sorted.
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