Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

i want it to be like this enter image description here

but when i click the minus front, both objects got cut out like this;

enter image description here

so how? how do you combine it like in the first picture?

here the 2 original objects before i click minus front;

enter image description here

share|improve this question
    
You circled "subtract paths". Is that not what you want to achieve? – KMSTR Feb 22 '14 at 7:30
    
im actually learning a tutorial, but when it comes to this step, my minus front doesnt work exactly like what is shown in the first picture. – hastings Feb 22 '14 at 7:37
    
Can you show the image just before your ideal outcome? What are the two original objects? – Confused Feb 22 '14 at 8:26
    
You can't get to your results from the (no 3) image above them. There must be more paths there originally. – Scott Feb 22 '14 at 8:26
    
thats what i wonder must click on something else first but idk what im new to this software. – hastings Feb 22 '14 at 8:40

The Pathfinder Toolset is very good for some tasks, but it's not the only boolean operator in Illustrator. The Shape Builder Tool (Shift+M by default) is what I would recommend in this case.

If you hold down Shift, you can delete the sections of lines that are between intersections of selected Items.

Deleting lines between intersections of selected Items with the Shape Builder Tool

share|improve this answer
    
I love Shape Builder! Worth mentioning that your answer is only applicable to CS5+ as a result, though... using Pathfinder is more backwards compatible as an answer. – Rachel Keslensky Mar 25 '14 at 2:36

I post an answer instead of comment because I use pictures.

If I had the picture as you and needed to create the picture you need I'd do the follows:

enter image description here

Select the upper shape and click

Object->Path->Divide Objects Below

I've got this picture -

enter image description here

After I join the two selected triangles in pathfinder by pressing Join button and this is the final image -

enter image description here

remember, that your question could be marked as unclear by moderators.

share|improve this answer

Flash is really good for this sort of drawing

When not in 'Object Drawing mode', Flash will automatically treat all intersections of lines and fills in the same malleable way the Path Finder tool operates.

If your objects are already grouped, just break them apart to 'flatten' them into lines and fills.

Once everything is 'flattened' in the same layer, you can use the Selection Tool to adjust intersection points, remove line segments, pull bends in lines, delete fills, etc. You can double-click a line to select all connected lines or double click a fill to select all surrounding lines.

share|improve this answer
1  
Hey Charlie could you explain why flash is good for this and how you might do it? Thanks! – Johannes Mar 22 at 0:52
    
I updated the answer. – Charlie Mar 31 at 1:05

you could use divide pathfinder and then ungroup using Ctrl + Shift + G and then delete the other objects.

share|improve this answer

We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is right, ideally with citations. Answers that don't include explanations may be removed.

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.