2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 1, 2010 2:49 PM by Wade_Zimmerman

    Problems with pathfinder tool

    JLake333 Level 1

      I draw a black box, I then draw a thinner white box on top of it and longer than it. How do I remove the white box so the black box becomes two boxes. Any help is appreciated.

        • 1. Re: Problems with pathfinder tool
          Jacob Bugge MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          J,

           

          You may select both and Pathfinder>Minus Front (Subtract from Shape Area in earlier versions where you should hold down Alt/Option to expand and avoid a compound path consisting of the two boxes), then ungroup.

           

          Or select both and Pathfinder>Divide, then ungroup and remove the three unwanted boxes.

          • 2. Re: Problems with pathfinder tool
            Wade_Zimmerman Level 6

            The easier way of doing this is to make one thinner black rectangle then holding down the option and shift key while using the selection tool (black Arrow) drag the left or right or up or down depending on the orientation that will both duplicate the rectangle filled path (box) and keep the alignment

             

            If you select and drag an object while holding the option key it duplicates it, if you hold the shift key while dragging and object it will constrain its movement to 90º, 180º or 45º depending on how you drag. Holding the option shift keys duplicates and constrains the movement.

             

            However you can use the pathfinder as well using the second icon on the top minus front as well.