I'm an enthousiast graphic designer. I usually like to play with multiple tools and textures to make clothing for my company.

I'm trying to use Compound path with my logo and a vectorised texture but it looks like he tool is "forgetting" a couple of paths (the hook, F, Y, C and line under CO).enter image description here

Would anyone know what's happening?

  • Which paths are forgotten?
    – Webster
    Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 15:44
  • The hook, the F, Y, C and the line under the CO were not affected by the action. Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 16:53
  • Are those paths actually a part of the compound path after the operation and the problem is just the visual output, or are they not being included in the compound path at all?
    – Cai
    Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 17:48
  • group the elements then try the action on them
    – Webster
    Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 19:30
  • Before use tha clipping mask... Make sure is all ungoruped, so ungroup everything (the clipping mask path does not support a group of paths, just paths and compound paths). Use ctrl+shift+G a couple of times, then make all a compound path using Ctrl+8. Send it to front: Ctrl + shift + ]. Select the compound path and the texture and Ctrl + 7.
    – LeoNas
    Commented Sep 17, 2017 at 0:59

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Assuming the paths are actually a part of the compound path, it's probably caused by incorrect path directions and fill rules.

See my answer to No fill where text overlaps in Adobe Illustrator.

Select only the problem paths (with the Direct Selection Tool) and use the Attributes panel to change the fill rule (right buttons) and path direction (middle buttons).

An example. The "D" here has a reversed path direction:

enter image description here

After swapping the path direction on the "D" paths:

enter image description here

  • CAI, thank you. Have had this issue many times and just always remade the shape from scratch. This worked first time for a very complex shape. Life saver.
    – user149180
    Commented Feb 25, 2020 at 14:13

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