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Select both circles and click the Divide button on the Pathfinder Panel. This will create 3 separate shapes. You can also simply grab the Live Paint Bucket Tool and click once on the circles to create a Live Paint Group, then continue clicking areas to fill them with color. When done click the Expand button on the control bar across the top of the ...


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When exploring things like this it is best to use very rudimentary objects so you can see the differences. I started with the red circle and black rectangle. I then added a green/yellow stroke after the pathfinder operation so you can see edges better. As you'll notice each operation results in different artwork. The only two which are similar are Trim ...


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I made this in about 3 minutes using the circle tool, direct selection tool and live paint. I don't know if there's a faster way, but this was pretty quick. Basically, draw a circle and a smaller circle inside that circle. Draw a new circle that is the exact width between the left anchor point of the inner circle and the right anchor point of the outer ...


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Create the circle shape. Remove the fill. Give it a stroke that is as thick as the width you want. Go to Object → Expand.. in the top horizontal menu. Create a rectangle that's as thick as you want the gaps to be. While you still have the rectangle selected, hold Shift and select the circle. Use the alignment options to center it horizontally and ...


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This is most effectively achieved by offsetting the path of the front shape, and subtracting the resulting shape from all the shapes in the back, using the Pathfinder. As an example, say I'd like to do the outlining with the blue shape as my front shape: Select the blue shape with the Move tool (V); Choose Object > Path > Offset Path...; Key in an ...


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By selecting both shapes and hitting Subtract on the Pathfinder Palette:


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In Illustrator... Select it all, Pathfinder > Merge, click the red, hit delete. Or Select it all, grab the Shape Builder Tool, Hold down the Option/Alt and click-drag starting below the rings, to the center ring covered by red.


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Illustrator can't do Pathfinder effects on rasterised files it has placed. To achieve this effect, you will indeed have to use a clipping mask: draw a circle snugly around your star; unite all your white lines to a single shape; subtract the lines shape from the circle using the Pathfinder; ungroup the result... ...and make it a compound path: Object > ...


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You can simply draw a line and use Effect > Distort & Transform > Roughen to create a jagged line. Then copy the line, select both the "rough" lines and choose Object > Expand Appearance. Then select the end points and join them via Object > Path > Join. It's important to draw a separate line and apply the effect to just a line if you ...


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It's an extremely simple shape. Why not just draw two rectangles and a triangle, arrange them accordingly and assign them a stroke with “rounded joints”. Then select them all and use Pathfinder's “Add” operation. That's it! This way, you can easily adjust the stroke thickness as required:


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Sometimes the path direction causes the effect to not be visible. After creating outlines from the text, try selecting the outlined text as well as the rectangle and create a Compound Path via the Object menu.


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Quick and easy: Put your figure in the back. Set your text in the front. Turn your text into outlines. Select both. Pathfinder→Divide. This breaks the text into pieces using the back figure as the slice point. Use the white arrow to select the pieces of the text which overlay the figure. Color at will.


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One quick and easy way to do this is with a Clipping Mask: I've got two text layers, one for green and one for purple. I duplicated the silhouette path and used it as a Clipping Mask for the purple text Another way is to use Blending Modes: The top silhouette is filled with blue and the Blending Mode is set to Overlay. Under that is a duplicate of ...


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Notice on the tooltip that pathfinder minus says "minus front". It can subtract many things from one thing - out of everything you have in a selection the one thing in the back is what it subtracts everything that's in front of it. When I say "one thing", groups don't count. When you expanded the text you got a group, and expand text puts the first letter ...


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Another way... Add an odd colored stroke to the primary object Choose Object > Expand Appearance (if available) and Object > Expand Select the primary object and all objects to be "trimmed". Hit the Merge Button on the Pathfinder Panel Click the odd colored stroke (which is now a shape) and hit delete the blue rectangle is locked in this ...


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You have the first steps right. You need to keep that oval shape you draw over your logo, select that circle and go in the menu "Object" and select "Expand". That's probably what was missing. The pathfinder commands won't work with your thick stroke unless you convert it to a shape. Then do your Pathfinder: Go on the Pathfinder panel, then select all, ...


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If the path is a stroke Make a square that cuts off the top part of the V shape. You do not need a fill or stroke for the square. Select both, go to Object -> Clipping Mask -> Make. If the path is expanded You can use the direct select tool and manually move the inner-endpoints down. OR Make a square that cuts off the top part of the V shape. Open ...


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I would do this basically the same way as Hans described, only with a hugely important difference. First, you'll want to expand the appearance of your two stroked paths (Object > Expand). This gives you the actual paths that you will use in the next steps. After you have expanded them, combine them with Object > Compound Path > Make (CMD + 8). The next ...


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To create compound paths/shapes, you simply need to select the objects then choose Object > Compound Path > Make from the menu.


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I managed to find a good solution using Illustrator CS5.5. Like they mentioned earlier in the post, create your filled rectangle. Next place your choice text on top. Then transform text into paths (Type > Create Outlines). Finally select both type and rectangle and Alt+Click 'Minus-Front' command to create a Compound Shape. That should do it! I added a ...


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This doesn't answer your question specifically (no "cutting" involved), but another less-permanent way to do this is with a clipping mask. Duplicate the circle and make sure it is above the art you want to remove. Then, select both the circle and the art, and do Object → Clipping Mask → Make. This will just "hide" the portion that you don't want to appear ...


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There's no trick or filter to making all-monochrome versions of your logo like this. I guess this designer simply drew the white contours so they would suggest the corresponding shapes in the colour version. Monochromising a logo can be quite an art.


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If you want extremely fast solution, grab Ellipse tool and select options as on the picture: If you want perfect solution you should use Pathfinder panel cutting the circle with a cross.


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I give you another answer, but there are a lot of options. Create a circle (Elliple tool->Shift+Click+Drag) and make desired stroke (i.e. 23 points) Next, press Object->Expand Next grab Type tool and type "+", then press Object->expand and resize and locate the cross along the circle. Then select all the shapes and press Minus front on pathfinder ...


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This answer addresses if the above has THREE shapes and not two. Vincent's answer is correct if there are two shapes. I would take your designs as so: In this instance I would select ONLY the Polygons: Navigate to Object -> Compound Path -> Make or cmd+8: If I select everything: and do Pathfinder with an option of Minus Front on a design ...


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No. That's the long and the short of it. As soon as a path consists of more than one continuous line, it has to be a compound path.


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Select the path you want to edit. Use the Scissors tool and click on the path at both ends of the gap you'd like to create. Then use the Selection tool (black arrow tool) to click the portion to remove and click delete. Before After Tip: Adding guides to the document to help guide you on where to apply the Scissors is a good idea, too, but not ...


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First, segment circle into 12 & convert to live paint. Fill with CMYK values (I used this website for ref.). Next, add your concentric circles. What I did here was to create twice as many & paired them up with Pathfinder-> Minus-Front. I then filled half in black and the inner half in white, and then graded the opacity accordingly (ensuring I ...


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The reason why you are getting the weird shape cutout in your last image, is because the circle only has a stroke applied to it. Expand the circle with the stroke first, which will turn it into a fill. (Or you could go to "outline stroke"). From there, follow the steps and you will see it cookie cuts quite nicely.


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You can use Unite in the Pathfinder panel or you could use the shape Builder tool They work differently unite would be easier for this task. select the objects and click the unite button in the pathfinder panel. (window > pathfinder) to use shapebuilder first select the objects then drag the tool over the parts you want to combined (conversely ...



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