I have a flower created with pucker and bloat applied to a pentagon. I am trying to punch out circles and ellipses from it to make areas of transparency for the stamens of the flower. However, when I try to use minus front shape mode with pathfinder, it punches out puckered/bloated shapes instead of the simple circles and ellipses I'm trying to use. Please help!

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Select the shape and choose Object > Expand Appearance from the menu.

This will "bake in" the effect and remove the dynamic or "live" aspect of it.

  • Success! Thank you soooo much! Jan 30, 2021 at 19:25

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