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Compound a number of objects

Aug 30, 2011 12:25 PM

Hi there, I am sure this is simple but I am having a brain melt down.


I have three strokes that I want to 'punch through' a circle. If it was just one stroke I would create a compound path but there are three items.


So in essence I have three strokes making up a picture of a running man that I want to be 'hollow' on a coloured circle so you can see things below it!


Hope that makes sense



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    Aug 30, 2011 12:33 PM   in reply to Garethi

    So the strokes are just lines?


    Select the lines, then go to Object > Expand. This converts the lines into shapes. If the lines overlap eachother, select them all and combine then into a single shape by clicking Unite on the Pathfinder palette. Then select this shape and punch it out of the circle using the Pathfinder palette again or your method of making a compound path.


    I hope that helps.

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    Aug 30, 2011 5:30 PM   in reply to Garethi

    A compound path is not limited to two subpaths. See online help about Compound Paths, Path Direction, and Winding Rule.



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