The pathfinder shape subtracts shapes from shapes fine e.g. the berry ellipse from the blue rectangle:
But it doesn't subtract paths from shapes at all, e.g. the purple line from the blue rectangle (NOTE: Before performing the subtraction I did move the line in front of the rectangle by using
Arrange > Bring to Front, so that's not the issue):
The result is that nothing happens. I really want to trace a path and subtract it from the shape. I could set the stroke color to the background color, but when I save this as an
.svg, I want the area to be transparent. Do I need to convert the path into a shape? The shape into a path? I'm new to illustrator so I'm really lost at the moment. Any help/suggestions are appreciated!