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Derek Polson
Pathfinder Problem
on Apr 23, 2017 at 2:42:16 pm

Hi, I usually use the pathfinder to combine objects to a single vector for laser cutting as in Object - Group. Effect - Pathfinder - Add. Object - Expand Appearance.
This has worked for me upto now but it has always been adding a shape to the outside of another shape then combining them.
I want to add a shape to the inside of another shape and then combine them but when I try this the shape inside the other shape disappears.
Any help would be much appreciated.


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Vincent Rosati
Re: Pathfinder Problem
on May 17, 2017 at 3:23:03 pm

Not sure I'm clear on the issue.

It sounds like you want a compound path, like the letter 'O', as opposed to a single path, like an 'I'.

You could use - Object > Compound Path > Make.
Or, if the inner object is under the outer object - Pathfinder > Minus Back.
Pathfinder > Exclude.

You may need to use Object > Arrange > ... to get the objects in the the proper layering order.


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