"[Paper]" or "[Transparent]" Swatch
Add a "Paper" (or "Transparent") Swatch to the swatches like the one in InDesign that, like [None] or [Registration] cannot be removed.
Adding this would make it FAR easier to knock out parts of complex artwork WITHOUT forcing the user to destroy the layer structure of their files.
In the attached image, for instance, I wanted to have rounded corners on the bottom of a header graphic, and this meant I need to use a clipping mask, which requires all the elements it contains to be on the same layer. While there are workarounds, such as placing AI files within AI files, a [Paper] or [Transparent] swatch is far more elegant solution.
Kathleen Bezzina commented
Any idea whether this feature has been added please? Thanks
I agree with adding the swatch, even in light of my note below.
Saving a files with White (cmyk 0-0-0-0) as an .ai file (not as .eps) does appear to behave as paper in InDesign cc2105.
Paul Rosenberg commented
When I place an Illustrator file within InDesign it will bring in CMYK data unless I change the CMYK white to a spot in AI and name it [Paper]. That was a head-scratcher when it first happened to me.
Also, we audit watches in InDesign and so many Illustrator files bring in a swatch for C=0, M=0, Y=0, K=0 or the equivalent RGB swatch that then need to be deleted and replaced with [Paper]. This is one of many, many aspects of AI and ID that need to be aligned.
Brandon MacInnis commented
That's a great idea! Way easier than using clipping mask or object mask. and then you could lock that in place, but resize other elements that would still be masked the same way. This would be a HUGE improvement to my workflows.