Questions about the toolset and panel present in many Adobe applications designed to manipulate multiple objects and their relationship with one another.

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White Lines (Not Strokes) Appearing between shapes after using Pathfinder tool. How do I get rid of them?

I'm working on a large illustration project in Illustrator CC. I hand-drew hundreds of shapes which overlapped to create the image how I wanted it to look. However, I have several shapes that needed ...
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best way to remove some lines and keep some closed objects in illustrator?

I'm making a graphic in illustrator CS2 and want to remove some parts of the image. How i want the image to be: I have currently four layers. Layer 1 have the circle in it Layer 2, layer 3 ...
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Extra horizontal line after adding type to image using Pathfinder Unite in Illustrator

I am trying to make the path of the letters in 'hanwell' trim to/flush with the edges of the bridge illustration, so that the letters only appear in the gaps between the bridge pillars. I have drawn ...
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How do I cut out strokes from a shape in illustrator

I have a bunch of lines that go behind the layer of a mountain that I have created and I would like to cut them out. Proving to be impossible right now with the pathfinder tool. Any suggestions?
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Illustrator: How do I prevent Pathfinder from creating paths with no fill and no stroke?

In Illustrator, when I apply Pathfinder tools (like Trim, Merge) it generates invisible paths (paths with no fill and no stroke). I believe this only occurs with compound paths. These "ghost" paths ...
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Shape Builder tool changes objects dimensions [duplicate]

I'm looking for a solution. I can use one of those two tools - Pathfinder or Shape Builder Tool. Pathfinder is not very comfortable, but after "Unite" object dimensions remain the same and this is ...
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pathfinder problem

I have created a very complex map in Illustrator. I am trying to cut out smaller areas of the map for use in other SketchUp. Neither pathfinder nor Divide Below gives me predicted results. I turn off ...
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How to stop pathfinder in illustrator cc from automatically editing / rounding shapes

So I've been using Illustrator for 6 years, and thought I knew everything about the pathfinder feature. Today I tried to use the merge pathfinder tool on some outlined text, and have gotten a 'neatly' ...
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illustrator cs6: cut through multiple layers with top layer

I have a vector with multiple layers, through all of which I want to cut through using the top-most layer's shape so that there is a transparent void through the entire design. So far I have been ...
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How do I delete an object over something, and have the shape of where it was stay with nothing there?

I apologize for the title, I can't explain for my life... But the problem i'm having is, I am trying to create a blank space over a letter. You can see in the screenshots that I have two elbow shapes ...
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How can I flatten (combine?) a group of brush strokes in Illustrator?

Warning: I am not an expert with Adobe Illustrator I have done an illustration, using Adobe Illustrator, of some hair and a beard using only brushstrokes. I want to copy-and-paste this illustration ...
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Why is Illustrator's minus front not working?

I have some white lines (converted to path) on top of my star shape (rasterized) as shown in the picture. I am trying to "delete" the white lines from the shape so the shape gaps can be seen in ...
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How do you make the endpoints of a diagonal line straight?

I have to make a gradient "V" using the pen tool, but the endpoints are slightly slanted and I want to make the start point and end point look like the image on the right, which is clean and ...
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Illustrator - Make paths as a compound path

I am having a simple issue from import SVG path to Fontello: 'id.svg' contains multiple paths/shapes. Please, make them a compound path, and try import again. So, I have this vector: What I ...
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Illustrator CS6 - When I intersect two shapes, remains a line. How I can fix this?

I have a little problem with Illustrator CS6. Like the title says, when I intersect two shapes, remains a line between them. How can I fix this problem, because I don't want to use another option from ...
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Illustrator CS6: How to cut an area (shape without fill) out of another?

Here's example picture below. How to make all the white areas transparent? Triangles, line and text. I have tried Pathfinder but I can't get it work correctly. Thanks in advance :)
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Clipping Mask, Pathfinder or Compound Path?

I'm sorry for such a generic title, but I couldn't figure out a title that would make sense with what I am trying to do. So I am a novice when it comes to illustrator, but I am trying to cut out the ...
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Pathfinder divide tool on object with gradient mesh

I'm using Illustrator CC, and have a tear-drop shaped object which has a gradient mesh applied to it. I need to use the pathfinder divide tool in combination with another simple shape to take a chunk ...
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Difficulty with UNITE

I have tried EVERYTHING but I cannot get these paths to unite. I have expanded the top object, and grouped the two. I used eraser to open the paths for the bottom object and then tried to unite the ...
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inaccuracy using pathfinder “substraction” in illustrator 2015 CC

I've a problem using Illustrator 2015 CC pathfinder tool (substraction). I've a black round shape and a vector logo in white. I just want to substract the logo from the round shape. The problem is ...
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How do I clean up my layers after outlining strokes and dividing? [duplicate]

Hey all. So I'm creating a design in Illustrator. I want all of the shapes to have an even outline, but no stoke. In order to accomplish this I add the stroke and outline the strokes. Afterwards I ...
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Cut out stroke from objects beneath

I'm fairly new to Illustrator, but I'm working on this vector: Right now this is accomplished by circle paths, white fill color, and also two strokes. The blue stroke is 4px and then there is a ...
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Cutting bottom half of shapes

I'm making a logo that currently looks like this: But I actually want it to look more like this: I've tried using Path Finder in Illustrator, but I'm not sure whether I'm doing something wrong ...
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How can I create a twisted torus?

I need to do the following shape in Illustrator, if can be done by Illustrator. I think it can be done by spiral, circle and pathfinder tools but I'm not sure. Please I need the details of how to do ...
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Cut hole without stroke into object with stroke

I have a custom white object with black stroke, like this: I want to cut a hole into that, so I create an object like this: If I do Minus Front from the pathfinder, I get this: But I don't ...
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Illustrator CS6 Perpendicular Lines following a path

I have a closed path from which I would like to create a parallel inner path. If I drew a series of lines, all the same length, with one end at points along the path (all extending inward), the second ...
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Matching Two Different Paths

I have two separate paths. I want to match the pink tongue to the black mouth outline as perfectly as possible. Is there a better way to do this without manually moving all the vector points by hand? ...
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Illustrator space around outline and removing shape

I've used "//" and "\" to create this "W", and have made them into outlines, as I'm trying to give the different layers a colour, as well as having a white space where the lines touch and I would like ...
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Dividing a colour wheel (gaps)

I'm trying to create a colour wheel in Illustrator. I have created one (two actually but they both produced the same result), but it looks a little rough. I've attached an image to this post you can ...
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Create text with cutout through letter leaving cutout part transparent

I need to create a logo. It's very basic but I cannot figure out how to achieve my desisred effect with Adobe Illustrator. Like the image before, I need to have a part of the text cut out. I tried ...
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How can I cut up a raster image in Illustrator?

I want to split this apple (jpeg) into pieces along the outline I've created over it. I created and edited a pie chart/graph for the lines, then edited it to conform to the apple shape. I want to be ...
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Minus Front producing unexpected results when zoomed out

I'm working on a product packaging design that will be printed in 1 pantone color. I added vector shading overtop in white and then knocked that out of the artwork with Minus Front. When zoomed out, ...
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How do I create a gap in an outline or shape?

as the title says, i'm looking for a way to create a gap in an outline or shape. The options in pathfinder are not helping. Thanks in advance!
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Color all objects within polar grid

First off, I am new to illustrator so may be going at this the wrong way. I have a design that involves multiple paths that form a web like structure in a circle. I would like to have the color of ...
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How do I clear the inside of my circles? [duplicate]

I have some overlapping circles to create a cloud shape. How do I erase the inner parts of the circles so I just have the outline like in the cloud in the top right?
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Illustrator CS5 (Mac) Pathfinder Tool Messing up Paths

So I'm trying to cut an image out of a solid background in Illustrator CS5 (Mac). I do this fairly often and my typical workflow is to: Place the image to be cut out on top of the background Group ...
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How to subtract text from a shape in Adobe Illustrator?

I've created a rectangle, and I want to cut some text out of it, so that the text will appear as the background pattern. I expected to be able to achieve this by selecting the rectangle and the ...
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Using pathfinder and merge without effecting vector detail

I've followed how do I use pathfinder on multiple objects so that I could cut straight down the middle of my vector. Clicking the merge within the pathfinder panel works as intended but the detail of ...
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How to make rough edges smooth in Illustrator?

I make some shape in illustrator, then divide all the shape with pathfinder tool. Then i fill all the pieces of shape with different. I found some rough area in the edges, how can I get rid of this ...
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illustrator cc pathfinder minus front function [duplicate]

I'd like to know what the difference is between click on the Minus Front option in the Pathfinder palette and Alt+click.
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ILLUSTRATOR: I Can't Divide Shapes The Way I Want

ILLUSTRATOR: I Can't Divide Shapes The Way I Want I'm trying get a mesh of two shapes, but no matter what Pathfinder I use, I can't get the desired effect. What I've Tried: ...
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Split an image with a zig-zag in Illustrator?

I've been trying for the last 3 nights to halve a simple vector image of a padlock I had drawn following a tutorial. My headache is: I don't want to simple divide it right at the middle, I want to ...
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make a hole in that shape with round corner in illustrator

im trying to make that shape with the interior empty but keeping the round corner when i use pathfinder (minus front)it make the hole but round corner disappears Anyone can help me on that one? ...
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How to properly use the pathfinder tool in Illustrator?

I am currently trying to learn a bit about illustrator, and one of the tutorial I am following mentions the use of the pathfinder tool to intersect 2 objects. The goal is to add a splatter on a text ...
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Illustrator: Make a compound path a single path

I have the letter "a" expanded as two paths, one being the letter and the other being the circle inside of the "a" I need to get the "a" to be a single, simple path. When I use pathfinder > minus ...
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Is there an easier way to distress graphics in illustrator?

Recently I've been getting a lot of work with T-shirts and they ask me to distress t-shirts. This is a simple matter if the graphic is only one color, but occasionally I will get a graphic that's 4 or ...
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How to stop Adobe Illustrator's minus front Pathfinder command from altering sizes?

I am trying to use minus front on a grouping of objects (object 1) that I want to cut out of object 2. But when I click minus front, it actually changes half the group shapes. Any idea why? I've never ...
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Outline stroke from path in Illustrator

I've made a path in Illustrator which I need to be outlined. Quickest way to do this is with Outline Stroke, but then you'll get this united shape (see object in the middle below). Is there a way to ...
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illustrator: pathfinder minus front, cut-out is crude, not precise enough

CS5. Trying to cut out text from a shape behind it. I select the text, then Object > Expand..., then select it along with the rectangle shape behind it and do Pathfinder > Minus front. The cut-out ...
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How can I join a path to a compound shape in Illustrator?

I'm struggling to join the compound shape and path I have created in Illustrator. My usual click and hope in the pathfinder dialog is not working. See attached screenshots. The selected path is blue, ...