I'm trying to cut a drawing I've made but am having some troubles getting it to cut exactly what I want. The drawing is created with several shapes layered on top of each other.......so when I go to cut it wants to cut every single shape out. I want it to cut just the outline and joining the shapes where they intersect. Is there any way to merge the shapes so its just one feature instead of all the shapes used to create the drawing???
Always work on a copy of the artwork when you start destroying it.
It sounds as if you may select all and Pathfinder>Merge.
If not, a screenshot, or image might help the helpers; use the Camera icon to avoid queueing.