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Compound paths won't work properly

May 14, 2013 3:28 AM

Tags: #problem #compound_path

Hi everyone,


I am relatively new to Illustrator.  I am using CS6.


I am trying to punch holes in a circle using compound paths, as you can see here :

The tadpole shape and the human shape are the holes I need created in the large circle behind them.  Both the tadpole and the human are at the front and all objects are on the same layer.  When I select everything and choose CRTL+8, only the tadpole gets cut into the circle.  the other shape just stays white.


Can anyone shed some light on what I am doing wrong?



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    May 14, 2013 3:38 AM   in reply to gringer



    You may try Pathfinder>Minus Front (Subtract from shape area in some older versions, maybe requiring your pressing Alt/Option to get a (simple) compound path).


    What happens if you select the human shape and change its fill colour?

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    May 14, 2013 4:08 AM   in reply to gringer

    You are welcome, gringer.

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