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    How to get a transparent pattern to show on an opaque background?

    Hello All,

    I am looking currently struggling to create a pattern. I can usually work most things out on illustrator with my limited knowledge with google/youtube/forums but this problem seems to be beyond me!

    I need to create pattern using a simple shape and a background colour Ė the catch is they both need to be exactly the same colour.

    For example ideally I would like to lower the transparency of the shape to around 30% so itís lighter. Then put down a completely opaque background colour and move the shape onto the background. Logically I understand that making the shape transparent means it wonít show up on a background that is opaque but I donít know how to achieve the idea any other way... The only other option I've found is adjusting the colour saturation however this seems to have the same affect as it being transparent. There must be an adjustment option that I don't know about?

    Flipping the idea vice versa seems to be no problem, having a 30% transparency on the background colour and an opaque shape works well however this isnít what Iím trying to do.

    I know itís possible as Iím trying to replicate a pattern background we already use. Unfortunately I only have the screen shot jpeg of the background that has been OK to use on small designs in the past. Now Iím attempting to re-create it properly as a vector so I can blow it up to 2metres x 1metre for an exhibition stand without worrying about pixelating.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated as Iím literally pulling my hair out to find out how to do this!

    Using illustrator CS3


    Pic of what I'm trying to achieve:



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