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Re: message that says I must choose a non-compounding or non-masking path

Apr 19, 2012 10:23 AM

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How do I go about clearing my mistake? Even when I close a file without saving, the message shows up on my next attempt to learn "typing on a path".

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    Apr 19, 2012 12:03 PM   in reply to Ann Andal

    It's not your mistake.


    Type on Path does not work on compound paths. Hence the warning message.

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    Apr 19, 2012 2:08 PM   in reply to Ann Andal



    A Compound Path is a combination or two or more paths, usually (but not necessarily) with what appears to be one or more holes, such as the counter in an O.


    You may uncompound them by Object>Compound Path>Release, but then you lose the hole(s).


    There are ways of getting round the limitation.


    What to do in your case depends on what your case is.


    Could you post a screenshot of the troublesome Compound Path (you may click the icon that looks like a camera, or post something on a website and provide a link)?

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    Apr 19, 2012 2:06 PM   in reply to Ann Andal

    You might want to practice al little. Open a new file and just draw a path with the Pen tool. Click and hold with the mouse on the Text tool to reveal other options. The Type on a Path tool is the third one down. Select it and then click on the path you just drew. Start typing your text. It seems as though you are using some odd construct as a path for your type.

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