I find that when make Compound Path gives troubles, sometimes Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel will work.
Thank you so much for that.
I could not get my compound path to work properly. I did not know about all the pathfinder options, so this has a lot of possibilities for me now.
You saved me a lot of time.
Check also Winding Rule and Reverse Path buttons on the Attributes palette.
They can sometimes mend compound paths that don't work properly.
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Compound paths can sometimes be very frustrating, even for experienced users. In addition to the other responses I would like to add this simple illustration:
Top row = composed of 5 big circles and 5 smaller ones directly on top. Doing a compound of all 10 gives an undesired result. This happens often when creating/editing type and trying to knockout the centers.
Bottom row = Solution. I grabbed the 5 smaller circles(They are selected in the screenshot) and made a compound path(nothing interesting happens at this point, but this step is important). Then I grabbed the compound path along with the 5 big circles. Now making a compound path give the desired result.
Thanks, that worked!
Changed from Non-Zero Winding Fill Rule to Even-Odd Fill Rule in fully expanded Attributes panel for both shapes and then Compound path worked.
This worked for me cheers!
For everyone here - many thanks - a combination of what is suggested here worked for me. I had text on top of objects. I did a compound of the text outline, selected the shape behind as well and then used minus front in pathfinder - worked a charm. I'd been trying to get both the text outline and shape to compound to no avail.