I have two paths.

A white envelope icon and a red "No" symbol.

I want to combine the two into a compound path.

My question is, is there a way to keep the "No" symbol red and the envelope white?

When combining them into a compound path, they both take on the same color.

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  • These are not the compound paths you are looking for, move along... – joojaa Jan 3 '15 at 12:35


A Compound path is seen as one object. Other than a gradient, a single object can not have multiple colors applied to different areas.
At least not easily without using Appearance Panel tricks and using "block" areas of color, never in specific shapes.

It sounds as though you want a Group (Object > Group) and not a compound path. A Group is a collection of separate objects that are treated as if they should always remain together.

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