Wait a minute . . . is there not a way to have one path in a compound shape just knockout the others? I mean totally, not just where they overlap.
Photoshop can do this. But Illustrator cannot???
My situation is this
I'm just starting a new project and I'm creating a header container shape thingy for text to sit on. I want the ability to adjust the header shape as I work (I tend to tweak everything as I work; can't just finish one bit and go to the next, call it a downfall).
Rather than save a copy of the rectangle and elipse so I can "re-pathfind" them each time I want to make an adjustment I want to be able to simply enter the Compound Path object and mess with the circle. It should knock out the rectangle whereever I leave it.
Yep Illustrator can do so as well.
1)Create your rectangle
2)Create your circle (making sure it is on top of the rectangle)
3)Open the pathfinder panel window>Pathfinder or shift-ctrl-F9
4)Select both objects
5)In the pathfinder panel click on the Minus front shape mode (second icon from the left).
Hah I didn't even follow your directions right . . .
Uhmm let's see . . .
*does it again . . . *
Well, looks like I put the circle in front, then Alt+clicked Minus-Front. (notice the tool-tips upon rollover of the Shape Mode buttons)
I can't seem to end up with a Group like you do, using Minus-Back
This is all new to me. Never messed with the finer points of what the Pathfinder can do. Looks like I'm paying for my ignorance now. I should've known all this already! Thanks for helping cause me to find the Alt+click thing.
. . .
Oh! You actually applied the Minus-Back Pathfinder effect via Appearance Panel. Yeesh . . . ok, it's starting to make sense . . .
I sould have put,
- read directions
- circle in back, square in front
- group them
- Effect->Pathfinder->Minus Back
but yeah, I didn't use the Pathfinder Palette, I used an effect. I actually used the Menu Effect but it works the same using the Fx button in the Appearance Panel.
Ah ok. Well we perhaps both just learned something then.
My only question is this:
If Alt+clicking Shape Mode buttons applies special attributes to paths in a Compound Path, then is there not a way to manually create (CTRL+8) a Compound Path with it's "sub-paths" configured as desired without having to use the Pathfinder Shape Mode buttons? In Photoshop you can apply your desired shape modifying attribute to each path, why not Illy?
Meh whatever, though. I'm happy with tonight's discovery. Thanks again.
Why don't you just take a look into the manual? Of course does Illustrator have compound shapes. Just like Photoshop.
Photoshop can't make compound paths, It makes only compound shapes. Illustrator does both but you have to hold Alt key when clicking on the Pathfinder buttons to makes compound shapes instead of paths. As Monika said its all in the manual.
Just press one of the Pathfinder's buttons while holding Alt and see the difference in the Layer's panel. This will explain it all.
edit: if you hold your mouse over a button in the Shape Mode row in the Pathfinder panel the tool tip will say you can hold Alt to make Compound Shape.