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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:

http://youtu.be/KQrovAq59zk

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

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Originally Posted by xarzu View Post

How do you make the background of an object transparent in Adobe Illustrator?

You can use a clipping mask like so:

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-illustrator-cc/creating-a-basic-clipping-mask/

That would let you adjust the outline in Illustrator. Alternatively in Photoshop, save the cropped part out as a PSD (selection > copy > new file > paste > save as) and use File > Place in Illustrator.
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