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Compound paths lose colour

Jan 18, 2013 6:20 AM

A strange thing happened just now that I don’t recall having seen before.

I have a number of simple objects, all the same fill colour, no stroke and none of them overlapping.

 

When I make them into a compound path they sometimes lose all their colour.

I have checked winding order, even/odd fill and that sort of thing but since none of the objects overlap, that shouldn’t make any difference anyway.

 

This doesn’t happen every time, so does anyone know what could be causing it?

 
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    Jan 18, 2013 9:06 AM   in reply to Steve Fairbairn

    I get the same. And not always. Never have figured out why. CS5.

     
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    Jan 18, 2013 9:53 AM   in reply to Steve Fairbairn

    It happens – for example – when your selection unintentionally contains an unfilled path (possibly just a stray point) that is located at the bottom of the stacking order.

     
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    Jan 18, 2013 10:03 AM   in reply to Steve Fairbairn

    I got before and resolved by cleaning up the original selection. Cleared stray points and duplicate overlapping objects.

     

    In screenshot below I duplicated the cyan square and filled with none, did a compound path of 4 objects and lost the fill of cyan.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 11.50.38 AM.png

     

    Also if you ever open a file and get a missing plugin that could happen.

    Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 11.54.50 AM.png

     
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:28 PM   in reply to Steve Fairbairn

    Another assumption: The opacity of the bottommost path (or stray point) could possibly be zero percent.

     

    To prevent speculation I'd recommend to provide a sample .ai file.

     
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