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Perfecting a curve in logo, Illustrator CS6

Keep the number of anchors you place to a minimum, make sure you have placed plenty of guides, and constrain the angle of the Bézier handles vertically by holding down Shift after you begin clicking ...
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How to connect two separate paths in sketch app?

One way to go is to select your paths, go to Layer -> Paths -> Join
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How to cut intersecting paths in illustrator

Use the Shape Builder Tool. Select both circles and merely drag across the path you don't want.
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What is this shape, and how can I use it?

(I didn't download anything.. but it is simple identification merely looking at the posted image.) That is a mesh object. Either a gradient mesh or an envelope mesh. There's nothing "wrong" ...
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Perfecting a curve in logo, Illustrator CS6

An easy way to create things like this is to utilize existing rudimentary options. Draw a Rounded Rectangle using the Rounded Rectangle Tool. While dragging tap the Up Arrow until the sides are ...
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Creating leaf shape illustrator CS6

Use the Pen Tool to draw the shape. There's nothing particularly difficult here if you learn how to use the tool. If you don't get the curves perfect first time, you can adjust them later using the ...
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Overlapping anchor points of a compound path

You need to change the fill rule of the compound path. An even-odd fill rule will give you the effect you're seeing whereas a non-zero winding fill rule uses path direction to determine the fill. You ...
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How to maintain outer stroke on overlapping path in Adobe Illustrator?

I've made many Celtic knots in my time, but none of them begin with a continuous stroke. I suggest you use a different technique. Here's one example: I usually begin with overlapping circles or in ...
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Constructing a basic shield from primary shapes

When you draw two overlaping circles and a line, a simple shield shape (similar to a gothic arc) emerges in the overlap: If you move the circles closer to each other, you'll get a narrower shield: ...
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Cutting overlapping shapes to expose shape beneath

Whenever possible I prefer to work in a non-destructive manner to make future editing much easier. To this end I, personally, would not use Pathfinder here. I'd use a Clipping Mask on the blade. Copy ...
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How do I flatten this vector logo leaving only the visible black paths?

Select all Object > Expand Appearance (if available) Object > Expand (click fills and strokes and objects [if available] and then click ok) Click the Merge button on the Pathfinder Panel (note.. the ...
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Subtract a path from a shape in Illustrator CC 2015

Pathfinder shape modes don't work well with open paths and completely ignore strokes. Since the actual path you're trying to subtract has 0 width, there is nothing for it to subtract. If you want to ...
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Illustrator - Subtract a group from another group

Pathfinder's "Minus Front" works on single objects, you simply can't use it on groups. A few options: Turn each group in to a compound path. The overlapping path issues is (I assume) just a path ...
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Illustrator pathfinder shortcuts

Illustrator does not have a default shortcut for a specific Pathfinder function. Illustrator only has a shortcut to open the Pathfinder Window. A workaround would be to a create an action for the ...
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How to cut intersecting paths in illustrator

This is just to answer OP's question of other ways of achieving the same result. The best way to do this is still using the Shape Builder tool as mentioned by Metis. Another Way Create two ...
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Am I using Pathfinder incorrectly?

Pathfinder doesn't work on strokes well, if at all. You're essentially trying to remove live strokes and Pathfinder isn't really good for that. You would need to expand the strokes for Pathfinder to ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How to work with letter shapes

Your letter has to be converted to outlines. Select and Right click your text box and hit Convert to outlines or Shift+Ctrl/Command+O You may have to use the Direct Selection Tool (A) Or holding ...
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Apply single mask to a layer group in Sketch

I don't know if you can apply a mask to a group, but you can very easily work around it by combining shapes into a single shape in Sketch. You just have to drag one shape onto another in the layers ...
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Crop closed paths into open paths

One (Illustrator) method... With the art you have... Select all Grab the Shape Builder Tool Hold Down the Option/Alt key and click-drag across the lines outside the rectangle to remove them (After ...
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Crop closed paths into open paths

In Inkscape, as long as the curved parallel lines are a compound path, and the squiggly shapes are another compound path on top, then you can use the Path > Cut Path boolean operation. However the ...
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Creating leaf shape illustrator CS6

You can create this by merely drawing a perfect circle. It's several extra steps but it takes absolutely no skill with the Pen tool. To draw a circle, hold down the Shift key while dragging with the ...
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How to subtract text from a shape in Adobe Illustrator?

Why do we need to convert the text to outline (Create Outlines/Convert to Curves)? Simply type the text using the Type tool Place the image or create a rectangle filled with a Gradient/Pattern etc. ...
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Merging objects in illustrator changes the size by .083mm... why?

Illustrator's Pathfinder is only so good, meaning, it isn't 100% precise. In your case I believe you may have hit one of those very easily noticeable cases. It may also be due to the "Align to Pixel ...
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Smoothly join two rounded rectangles at one joint

To expand on @joojaa's comment: Step 1 Use the pen tool to create a stroked path in the middle of your graphic, like so: Step 2 Set the stroke size to match the width of your graphic. Set the cap to ...
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Illustrator: how to intersect shapes properly

You are correct, you should be using pathfinder. Here's how I did it... Copy both items so they are ready to be pasted. Select both objects and use the intersect tool in the pathfinder menu. You ...
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Illustrator/Inkscape : doing perfect connected waves in one path

I would set up some guides, and use the Curvature tool to draw one continuous path. Then I'd finish off by using Live Corners to fix the curves. I'm sure you can get the general idea from this ...
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Remove line from shape

You want to select all the lines and Expand them. Go to Object → Expand, you only need to select Stroke. This will convert your strokes to paths (fixing that mistake which is caused by the computer ...
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How can i join two paths without losing round edges of one path?

There's an easier way to create a shape like that. Draw a rectangle Choose the Anchor Point tool Shift+C Mouse over the centre of the top path until the little bend icon appears Begin clicking and ...
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Illustrator trim not cutting cleanly

You applied the rounded corners effect to your rectangle, you need to expand it first. Go to Object → Expand Appearance in order to convert the rounded rectangle into an actual path. Once you do ...
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Reasons someone would use Pathfinder instead of Shape Builder tool

PathFinder Crop Outline Divide One-click operations as opposed to many clicks for the same results with Shape Builder @Joonas created an excellent animation showing just how time consuming some ...
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