Hi there, I am sure this is simple but I am having a brain melt down.
I have three strokes that I want to 'punch through' a circle. If it was just one stroke I would create a compound path but there are three items.
So in essence I have three strokes making up a picture of a running man that I want to be 'hollow' on a coloured circle so you can see things below it!
Hope that makes sense
So the strokes are just lines?
Select the lines, then go to Object > Expand. This converts the lines into shapes. If the lines overlap eachother, select them all and combine then into a single shape by clicking Unite on the Pathfinder palette. Then select this shape and punch it out of the circle using the Pathfinder palette again or your method of making a compound path.
I hope that helps.
A compound path is not limited to two subpaths. See online help about Compound Paths, Path Direction, and Winding Rule.