4 Replies Latest reply on Apr 17, 2017 2:20 PM by InaLandCalledHonahlee

    Creating a planet, need to pathfinder>subtract a shape from multiple grouped objects

    InaLandCalledHonahlee Level 1

      Okay here's the situation guys...

      I am trying to create a small planet using indesign. This may not be the best way to go about it, so if you have a better method please let me know! (Please don't suggest using AI or PS, I already know they would be better, but I don't have access to them unfortunately, thank you.) But I figured I could create a  spraypaint effect by layering a bunch of boxes with a radial gradient feather effect applied to them, then grouping them all together like so...

      Then I drew a rectangle, then a circle over top of that, and used pathfinder to subtract the circle from the rectangle, creating an overlay with a circle cut out of the middle, I planned to use it kind of like a stencil...

      Next I placed the "stencil" over my grouped gradients...

      My plan was then, of course, to use pathfinder again to subtract the rectangle frame from the grouped boxes of gradient and wind up with just the circle in the middle. I thought it was the perfect plan. I don't know another way to get the color effect I am looking for. This circle has a 4 color gradient which is easy enough to pull off, except that the colors are placed sporadically instead of having to be linear or radial. Plus it fades to transparent on the dark end which will automatically create a really nice gradient shadow when I place it on top of my dark background...

      The problem is that when I select both the rectangle with the circle cut out and the grouped gradients in the background, then go to object > pathfinder... all of the pathfinder options are grayed out! Why can't I subtract a shape from a group of objects?!?!

      Ignore my desktop, apparently, I can't take a screenshot of only one of my screens and keep the objects drop-down open at the same time.

      so... does anyone have a better way to achieve this effect, or know how I can accomplish this method without having to start from scratch?