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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 make an area transparent in Illustrator

By selecting both shapes and hitting Subtract on the Pathfinder Palette:
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Why is Illustrator's minus front not working?

Illustrator can't do Pathfinder effects on rasterised files it has placed. To achieve this effect, you will indeed have to use a clipping mask: draw a circle snugly around your star; unite all your ...
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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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Effectively creating this effect in Illustrator?

This is most effectively achieved by offsetting the path of the front shape, and subtracting the resulting shape from all the shapes in the back, using the Pathfinder. As an example, say I'd like to ...
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How to create an outlined circle with centered horizontal and vertical gaps in Illustrator?

Create the circle shape. Remove the fill. Give it a stroke that is as thick as the width you want. Go to Object → Expand.. in the top horizontal menu. Create a rectangle that's as thick as you ...
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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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How to subtract multiple subpaths from a shape easily in Illustrator or Sketch?

In Illustrator... Select it all, Pathfinder > Merge, click the red, hit delete. Or Select it all, grab the Shape Builder Tool, Hold down the Option/Alt and click-drag starting below the rings, ...
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How do I use pathfinder on multiple objects?

The easiest method is to change the color of the rectangle to something other than the type color. I'd choose white. Select the (now white) rectangle and the type and use Pathfinder > Merge. ...
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How do I use pathfinder on multiple objects?

For this you first need to select all of the letters and create a compound path. Object>Compound Path>Make THEN do your pathfinder minus front.
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How to make an area transparent in Illustrator

This answer addresses if the above has THREE shapes and not two. Vincent's answer is correct if there are two shapes. I would take your designs as so: In this instance I would select ONLY the ...
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Is there an easier way to distress graphics in illustrator?

I think Opacity Masks are the easiest here. They are essentially a one-click method which is non-destructive. If you use 100% solid vector objects for the mask, then there's no concern about half ...
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Illustrator CS6 Perpendicular Lines following a path

If you only need the parallel inner path, you can use the Offset Path tool under Object->Path->Offset Path. You'll just need to enter a negative number as the offset value to make an inner path. The ...
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How do you make the endpoints of a diagonal line straight?

If the path is a stroke Make a square that cuts off the top part of the V shape. You do not need a fill or stroke for the square. Select both, go to Object -> Clipping Mask -> Make. If the path is ...
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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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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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Effectively creating this effect in Illustrator?

Another way... Add an odd colored stroke to the primary object Choose Object > Expand Appearance (if available) and Object > Expand Select the primary object and all objects to be "trimmed". ...
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How to distress a font in Illustrator?

Notice on the tooltip that pathfinder minus says "minus front". It can subtract many things from one thing - out of everything you have in a selection the one thing in the back is what it subtracts ...
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Why is Illustrator's minus front not working?

you can achieve the desire effect without redraw your star. using clipping mask and it can work perfectly with rasterized shapes. unite all your white strokes (after your convert it to outline) and ...
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Illustrator: Make a compound path a single path

No. That's the long and the short of it. As soon as a path consists of more than one continuous line, it has to be a compound path.
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Cutting bottom half of shapes

You have the first steps right. You need to keep that oval shape you draw over your logo, select that circle and go in the menu "Object" and select "Expand". That's probably what was missing. The ...
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How do I delete an object over something, and have the shape of where it was stay with nothing there?

I would do this basically the same way as Hans described, only with a hugely important difference. First, you'll want to expand the appearance of your two stroked paths (Object > Expand). This gives ...
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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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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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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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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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