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Questions tagged [pathfinder]

Questions about the toolset and panel present in many Adobe applications designed to manipulate multiple objects and their relationship with one another.

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Illustrator trim not cutting cleanly

I have two shapes as seen below I want to be able to trim the rectangle so that it doesn't flow into the inside of the circle. When I use Pathfinder's trim option it does not trim correctly as seen ...
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Illustrator: Pathfinder tool not letting me erase?

On my first pattern I was able to trim the edges by selecting everything and then pressing shift + M while holding alt but now it's not letting me. Everything is unlocked and ungrouped. What's going ...
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illustrator trim vectors

it looks fine arent they? it has more than one dot within a place, which bothers me too much. (i separated that very dot in this picture) this was done by pathfinder merge and such however. any way ...
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How to move freely a multiple cropped shapes from an image

I'm trying to crop multiple circles from an image. I grouped the circles and applied : Object -> compound path -> make; whereas the image I made it a clipping mask, and then used the pathfinder tools ...
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Pathfinder bug - doesn't cut the exact path

I've been trying to go through a basic tutorial. When I get to Step 7 (of creating the main two shapes), I need to use pathfinder to intersect between two shapes. But the intersect function's outcome ...
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Illustrator: Uniting Multiple Adjacent, Non-Overlapping Objects

I have an SVG diagram depicting the Earths landmasses (like an atlas). Each country is a separate object, which worked fine for its initial purpose, where I set a 1pt stroke, so all the borders were ...
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Colour path segments from scanned illustration [closed]

I have scanned some drawings for a study project and need to colour the people, dog and other items. I have image traced but the grouping of paths is inconsistent and not all form complete editable ...
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Can you subtract a fill shape from a path?

There are plenty of questions about subtracting a path from a shape with a fill, but I want to know if the opposite is possible. Here is an example: This is the object I'm working with, and I want to ...
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Pathfinder panel missing in Illustrator CC 2015

The picture showed the current output of my work. I keep to figure out why the merging effect doesn't work. I'm using the merge effect located on Effect > Pathfinder > merge. Because my pathfinder ...
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How to subtract an open path from another path in Illustrator CS5

There are at least two similar questions on here already, but the thing being subtracted from is always a solid object. Please see image below for my situation. I have the two paths on the left and ...
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How can i join two paths without losing round edges of one path?

I have created the round corner at the bottom by using scissor tool to cut the upper part(which is shown blue in the image) and use 'Effetcs> Stylize> Round Corners' at the bottom path But now when I ...
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Online solution to combine/compound paths of SVG

I have the Google G logo below in SVG format and need to merge the paths to a single path. Is there any solution out there to solve this (preferably online) that doesn't require installation of new ...
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Punching out a shape and text in a complicated shape in Illustrator

I am trying to recreate a logo in Illustrator that I made in Photoshop. I am not very experienced with Illustrator. In Photoshop, I used masking to mask out the shape of the treble clef and outline ...
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Remove line from shape

I need to remove line from shape, but when I use pathfinder tool, it makes shape from my line(Arc tool), then removes it. How to remove only line itself? These are my lines, I want them to cut ...
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Illustrator/Inkscape : doing perfect connected waves in one path

I'm a newbie with these tools but i need to do a kind of drawing that should be scalable. I would like to reproduce the same kind of waves of the wifi signal but connected each other like below. The ...
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How to crop this paths?

I've tested in many ways but I can't crop this paths I need the white path (selected) crop the letters EP. How can I do this?
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Apply single mask to a layer group in Sketch

I have the following icon: At this point I have tried to reduce the number of paths as much as I could but still this icon consists of multiple shapes. Is there a way to combine icon into single ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How to work with letter shapes

I'm having trouble working with letter shapes. I'd like to use the "live corners" feature on a letter "R", but I can't seem to convert the letter into a proper shape... What I've got so far is a ...
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Is it possible to do Pathfinder-like operation to 3D objects?

I created two 3D objects inside Illustrator, can Illustrator CC 2017 do some Pathfinder-like operations to these two objects? I want to intersect them, is it possible?
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Overlapping anchor points of a compound path

I have a compound path which I am trying to edit so that I have a closed path. However, when I drag the anchor point over a part of the compound path, the overlapping portion gets negated and becomes ...
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Am I using Pathfinder incorrectly?

Here is what's going on: The graphic on the left does not have a fill, while the graphic on the right does have a fill. Here's what I am trying to do: My end result is that I would like the graphic ...
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What are the Pros/Cons of Pathfinder vs Compound path?

Say I had a silhouette and a circle (Gradient is just for to be able to understand better) Now, I wanted the silhouette cut-out of the circle, to look like After seeing this question, I realized ...
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Adobe Illustrator pathfinder tools are creating odd bumps and glitches in the divided paths

I have two shapes. After using the "Divide" pathfinder option, I am left with an uneven shape. The attached image should be more clear. Before pathfinder: After pathfinder: Zoomed in: Any idea ...
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Make vectors coincident in Illustrator

I'm a little bit confused about this situation. As you can see in the image below, I a have two differnt paths and I would like to make that portion of the arc coincident. In the second image it ...
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Perfecting a curve in logo, Illustrator CS6

I'm rather new to Illustrator, and I'm currently designing a logo. Just refining it at the moment, checking all the measurements etc... But I'm wondering what's the best way to tackle this curve: ...
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How to make the path respect the rounded corners of my triangle?

Forgive me if I'm using some of these terms incorrectly but I am following a tutorial on this video: https://youtu.be/W-p3MojvdBA?t=2m41s. I created a rounded triangle but the actual path still looks ...
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Why do we have to expand before merge?

I am a beginner in Adobe Illustrator. In a project I was doing on Treehouse, I got stuck when the instructor told me to expand and then merge without explaining what that's for. Why do we have to ...
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How do I get rid off small lines that appear between paths in my logo?

As you can see on the image there are multiple small lines where the different paths meet in my logo. I asked this question: Unable to draw logo with correct strokes and shadow And I have tried both ...
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Illustrator - Minus Front command gives no results error

I am creating an icon and to apply shadow I am using the method to create similar overlapping layer, shifting one layer a little bit, selecting both of them and using the Minus Front error. For the ...
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How to cut intersecting paths in illustrator

This is quite a simple question ( I would assume) but I am not able to figure how to do this. I have 2 circular paths without any fill inside. Looks like this I want to cut it so the paths are like ...
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Cannot apply Clipping mask to a group / minus front from a groupd

I have 3 pieces of a basic map markers each pointing into different cardinal direction. What I would like to achieve is to have three "arrows" pointing into each cardinal direction N,E and W. (South ...
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What is the best way to create a 3d effect text ( see pic ) [duplicate]

I'm trying to recreate a similar effect, I've tried to copy the text 6 times ( as the colours are ) and then use the pathfinder, to find the intersection, and color that in black, but it just doesn't ...
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Trying to join separate open paths into one closed shape

I've created a cloud shape using the pen tool, and it's made up of separate, unclosed paths. All of the anchor points are connected to each other, but because the ends of some of the paths are open I ...
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Just keep object + intersection

I am new to Adobe Illustrator and I need to make a logo. How can I dynamically keep only the part of the earth which is inside the white circle? I tried with Pathfinder but the result is fixed. ...
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Intersecting Paths in Illustrator leave a residue

In figure 1, the black shape represents the result of intersecting the yellow circle and the gray shape. If I zoom it to 64k%, as shown in figure 2, I see a sliver of yellow between the gray and black ...
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Strange behavior of Minus Front in Isolation mode of compound shape

So I have the shapes above (2 circles and 2 rectangles as seen in layers panel) I selected all and made a compound shape with alt+click on Exclude (I also tried tried the same with Unite and got the ...
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Problem with cutting outline of circle

I've tried to cut the outline of a circle, by using the knife tool, the shaper tool, all of the pathfinder tools(for example: minus back), and I couldn't find a way, to cut those lines correctly. And ...
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Illustrator: how to intersect shapes properly

I have a triangle (purple) and a rectangle (white). Is there a way to delete all the white part of the rectangle lying outside of the purple triangle's border? I've tried experimenting with the ...
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Expanding paths and shapes is making strange shapes in the background CS6

When expanding a path or shape I get weird "ghost shapes" in the background i can't select these and they seam to have some relation to the bounding box? how do i stop this ?
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How would I create this same effect in adobe illustrator using the pathfinder tool?

I am trying to recreate patterns with a similar style. I have found a way by creating strokes with various widths> blend tool > creating shape (triangle) > dividing > pathfinder > then manually ...
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How to connect two separate paths in sketch app?

I want to connect the round shaped open path with the second open path. No idea how to do this in Sketch App. I've done it in Illustrator a tonne of times.
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Smoothly join two rounded rectangles at one joint

I would like to join my two rounded rectangles together into a single shape at the elbow joint they create but no matter how accurately I line them up, whenever I combine them into a single shape the ...
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When I try to separate 2 parts of an object of a picture, the whole picture moves!

When I place a photo in AI and then I want to separate 2 parts of an object-let's say, a shoe (it is a jpg image). I want to separate the upper part from the out sole. So, I do a path, then select, ...
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Illustrator: how to create a triangle with one round corner

How do I round one corner of a triangle? Dragging 1 widget rounds all corners and holding down Alt/Option doesn't help.
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illustrator pathfinder minus front not working? [duplicate]

How come pathfinder - minus front is not working? I want a stylized N where that white part is taken out
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“Cutting” a shape in Illustrator

I have tried this on a few different shapes, but there has to be an easy way. I bet it's simple. I've attached an image of part of a car that I'm designing as a logo. I am trying to separate that ...
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Calling Pathfinder Divide through JavaScript in Illustrator?

How do I call Window → Pathfinder → Divide through JavaScript in Illustrator? If not, can I call an action that pushes this button through javascript?
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Minus Front on brush stroke over outline text

so I'm having a bit of a strange issue - I'm trying to use Pathfinder > Minus Front on some text that I converted to outlines. There are 3 separate brush strokes that I Expanded then grouped together. ...
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Illustrator - Subtract a group from another group

I have two groups, one of which contains about 30 black "compound path" objects, and another of which contains about 150 white mixed shapes. I want to subtract the black objects from the white objects,...
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Merging objects in illustrator changes the size by .083mm… why?

I have pixel grid turned off. I have all snapping turned off. But yet, when I try to combine two objects with an even size using pathfinder it adds .083mm to it. Any idea how to stop this? See images ...