Creating Holes and Transparency in Shapes

There are several ways you can create holes and transparency within shapes. You can use the Opacity, Blend Mode, and Preserve Opacity parameters in the Properties tab to modify a shape’s overall transparency.

Figure. Canvas window showing a group of shapes with a variety of blend modes.

For more information on using object blending parameters, see Blend Modes.

You can use one or more masks to punch holes inside shapes using the mask drawing tools. You can also apply image masks to a shape, which allow you to use any object to define transparency. For more information on using masks and image masks, see Using Masks to Create Transparency.

Figure. Canvas window showing a shape with a mask subtracted from it.