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 shape comes looking wrong.



In Pathfinder Options, I have the precision set to 0.001 pt (although it doesn't seem to change anything), the other options don't make a difference either. I've only had this problem with this particular rounded typeface. Any ideas how I can get it to cut directly along the outlined path?

  • Are you working at a very small size?
    – Scott
    Dec 13, 2014 at 5:21
  • I considered this would be the case and scaled everything up 1000% with the same issue. But I'm not sure scale really matters regardless, it's all vectors, no raster..
    – A__
    Dec 13, 2014 at 18:03
  • Hinting can play a large part of type being outlined. If you outlined type when it is like 6pts or smaller, the hinting may be causing the Patherfinder hiccup. Just a thought. I've never encountered what you're displaying.
    – Scott
    Dec 13, 2014 at 18:13

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The issue was being caused by the rounded corners effect applied to the shape being cut. Moral of the story: rounded corners must be done manually if you don't want to alter the shape of the negative space within the shape as well.

  • If this solved your issue, you should mark your own answer as correct.
    – Scott
    Jan 12, 2015 at 18:39

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