I'm making an letter icon using two shapes, one above the other. The below shape is the letter and the above shape is the letter fold.

I want to subtract the letter fold which is a path from the letter shape. Each time I've tried I've not had any luck with it ended up showing a triangle shape cut out.

Any help here very much appreciated.

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You need to expand the path first (Layer -> Convert to Outlines) and then it will behave as expected.


As Westside suggested, you first need to convert your stroke to path then you can use pathfinder to get your result.

1). Select your stroke > Go to > Object > Expand and hit OK (make sure stroke is selected)

2). Now shift Select the below object and use pathfinder to subtract.

--This Video can help-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQZXS1AhxVg

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