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brendan richards
Compound shape/path
on Oct 14, 2010 at 7:34:51 pm

I was hoping someone could help me with drawing a shape. I come from an Illustrator background and I am trying to draw what's called a compound object in illustrator, but not sure how to go about it in motion. Specifically, I am trying to cut out the inside of an object, so that it is a compound shape, the inside not being filled. (an example would be a donut)

Thanks for any assistance.


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Mark Spencer
Re: Compound shape/path
on Oct 14, 2010 at 7:53:10 pm

Use a mask to cut out the inside shape

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Anders Larsen
Re: Compound shape/path
on Oct 18, 2010 at 9:47:44 am

As Mark said use a mask.
Motion doesn't allow compound paths in quite the same way Illustrator does.
However you can achieve all the same effects by using multiple masks on the same object, and playing with the mask blend modes. It somewhat resembles the Pathfinder in Illustrator.

Happy masking


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Stephen Smith
Re: Compound shape/path
on Oct 14, 2010 at 7:56:06 pm

Brendan, please forgive me. I'm not an illustrator guy. So I hope this information is helpful:
Create a shape such as a circle, go to the shape tab and uncheck fill and then check outline. Then you get a donut. Hope this is what you are looking for. Other wise you would need to create a mask or something. Best of luck.

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brendan richards
Re: Compound shape/path
on Oct 14, 2010 at 8:47:56 pm

Thank you very much guys, since the thickness and shape of the object is irregular, the mask route is the way to go.

Thanks,
Brendan


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zak peric
Re: Compound shape/path
on Oct 15, 2010 at 7:13:05 am

Hi There,

If you are working with Illustrator shapes then maybe you should look my tutorial about how to save custom shapes in Apple Motion. Maybe it will help you achieve what you want.
http://embryo.me.uk/wp/2008/02/26/saving-custom-shapes-in-apple-motion/


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