The Best Ways to Create a Transparent Background in Illustrator
There are many ways to create a transparent background in Adobe Illustrator. Some methods use the shape tools, while others rely on the blend tool to achieve the desired effect. In this tutorial, we’ll cover how to make a simple, yet effective transparent background for a logo design. 1) Start off by drawing a rectangle with the rectangles tool and fill it with a light color or gradient. 2) Next, select your rectangle and copy it to clipboard (or CMD+C). Select the rectangle you want as your new background and paste (CMD+V). Now cut that rectangle from its original location and position it
How to Create a Transparent Background
3) Using the shape tools (M), you can define the shape for your logo. This will be your transparent background. 4) Using the blending mode, select the solid fill (fill mode). By using a solid fill to define the shape of your background, your background will change to a transparent color in Illustrator. 5) After adding the shape, you should see a white rectangle on your canvas. 6) Now, you can open the fill mode and brush over your logo with a darker color to create a dark effect. 7) Move the brush to select the previous color and then to erase your brush and pick another color. Select the white color (BEACON) from the color picker and turn on the backlight to see the new shape.
The Basic Rectangle Method
This is a great method for simple designs and patterns that do not require high contrast. To create a transparent background for a logo you may create a pattern and then break it up into rectangular shapes with the CMD+D shortcut. The transparent portion will be made up of the narrow rectangle and the rest of the rectangle will be transparent. Alternatively, you can also use the blend tool to create a transparent background. Select the rectangular pieces in Illustrator, and select Make White from the Transparency Tool (CTRL+M). The background background will remain transparent but the rectangular shapes will not. After you’ve created the background background you can continue with other elements of your logo design.
The Gradient Method
The gradient method relies on the rules of optical illusion. By selecting your gradient, right-click or Ctrl-click and select Outline Gradient, the little bubble will appear. 3) From the gradient panel, click on the Inverted Gradient button. Your gradient will now be in reverse and will be displayed as blue. In Illustrator, that means the gradient is about to disappear. Click on the inverse gradient button once more to fix it. 4) Using the fade tool, fill in your background gradient color and the transition as shown below. Next, select your rectangle and fill it with your color of choice and fill the Inverted Gradient with gradient color as shown below. 5) Press CMD+C to copy your background and paste (CMD+V) it onto another document.
The Blend Tool Method
Blend out the background you just created by going to Color > Blend option from the View menu (CMD+B). Now make the background transparent by selecting Fill > Wash from the Color Palette. The Pen Tool Method Select the layer and click the Pen icon at the top right of the frame. Draw a circle with the Pen Tool and click OK. Use the Blend Tool to selectively erase parts of the circle. Go to Color > Blend again to erase part of the circle and select Color > Remove Opacity from the Effect menu. Repeat this process until you’ve eliminated the background of your logo completely. 2) Position the Circle at the top left corner of your logo, and fill it with a dark color. Take a look at our real life example and see how the circle is aligned to our logo design. 3) Duplicate this layer.
An Additional Tip
You can make a transparency effect even better by modifying the blending mode. By default, your clip art will be automatically blended between the background colors, which is great, but you can play with the blending mode. In this particular case, we’re using the radial gradients blending mode, which allows for lots of possibilities. 3) Now we’re going to create a new layer above the original background. Create a new blank layer, and fill it with a lighter color (CMD+D) or a gradient color. Then select the rectangle you copied earlier, and repeat step 2 on it. 4) Layer the background layer above the rectangle layer. Switch to the adjustment layer in the Layers panel, select the opacity (CTRL+A), and set it to 95% (or whatever value you want). Set the blending mode to radial gradients.