6 Replies Latest reply on Apr 14, 2010 7:05 PM by Adobe_Learn

    Adobe Illustrator question


      I was working through this tutorial, and on the second example, when I click on the subract button, the middle circle gets subtracted, but I cannot move the two circles independently like it shows in the tutorial.

      It appears that the two circles are both selected, and I don't know how to unselect one circle so that I can move the two independently of each other. This is before clicking expand, so I should be able to do that. I tried clicking with Shift, but it either selects both circles or neither.

      http://  school.tatoland.com/  illustrator/  aipath.html

        • 1. Re: Adobe Illustrator question
          Jean-Claude Tremblay User Group Manager

          This tutorials was made with CS2 the behavior of the Pathfinder have change in CS4 you now need to hold the option (Mac) Alt (Win) key down when you click on the button to turn them into compound shape.

          • 2. Re: Adobe Illustrator question
            Junk Mailer Level 3

            Either use the Direct Select tool (white arrow in the toolbar, activate by hitting "A" on your keyboard) to move the paths, or select Release Compound Shape from the options on the Pathfinder Panel.


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            • 3. Re: Adobe Illustrator question
              Adobe_Learn Level 1



              I am using Adobe Illustrator 10.


              My question wasn't actually about getting the two objects to combine into one object, but at an intermediate step.


              This is what I do:


              Draw one circle (pink)

              Draw second circle inside first circle (blue)

              Select both circles

              Click subtract (which makes blue circle 'subtract' from pink circle, so blue circle now appears white), but don't click expand.


              Now at this point, in the tutorial, they are able to move the small white circle independent of the pink circle.

              However, when I try to do this in Illustrator 10, although the two circles still appear as separate objects (you can see their separate center points and edge points), they move as one object, not separately, like they do in tutorial.  That separate movement of the subtracted circle and the pink circle is what I am trying to duplicate in Illustrator 10.


              If I click on "Release compound shape", it undoes the subtraction and I can move circles separately (pink and blue).  But what I want is to move the circles independently AFTER the subtraction.

              • 4. Re: Adobe Illustrator question
                Junk Mailer Level 3

                The Direct Select tool (A) would allow you to move them independently.

                • 5. Re: Adobe Illustrator question
                  Junk Mailer Level 3

                  Ok, I just watched the video tutorial you are referring to and they are definitely using the Direct Selection Tool (A). I think the reason you are getting confused is that you are trying to use the normal Selection Tool (V). Try swapping to the Direct Select Tool (in addition to the shortcut letter "A", you can toggle to it by holding the Command key on a Mac or Ctrl on a PC) and you should have no problem repeating what you see in the video.

                  • 6. Re: Adobe Illustrator question
                    Adobe_Learn Level 1

                    That was it.  Thank you.