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Kevin Han
Illustrator [Creating Compound Shape from ALT - Intersect]
on Jan 31, 2020 at 8:38:51 am
Last Edited By Kevin Han on Jan 31, 2020 at 8:42:35 am

Hi,

I'm a beginner at Illustrator and trying to understand how to get Compound Shapes to work properly..

I am using a white background as my overall eye, and an ellipse with a stroke as my eye ball.

However, as shown in this video (https://youtu.be/nsXh8KAQl8I) which is 50 seconds long, my stroke is still being outlined at the edge of my white eye even if the current position it's in should show the part of the eye ball that has the fill in it...

It doesn't make the eye look realistic anymore because of the stroke that sticks to the edge of the white eye...

The video explains my problem better but I don't want the stroke showing when it should technically be showing something else according to the eye balls positioning

Can this be fixed? or is this just an inherent flaw of AI?

Ty


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John Stanowski
Re: Illustrator [Creating Compound Shape from ALT - Intersect]
on Feb 27, 2020 at 9:07:33 pm

I'm not sure if I'm helping since I can't see what it is you are working on.
So, you have a white "eyeball" shape with a White Fill and No Outline.
And over that you have an "iris" that is presumably in color and has a Black Outline.
If so, there is no reason why these two shapes would be combined into a Compound Path.
That's not what that feature is for.
If anything, you need simply group them together. If anything.
Now, if the "iris" is meant to get clipped by the bounds of the white "eyeball", then I can see your problem.
And the way to fix that is make a Clipping Mask instead. One shape will contain the other.
Select the white shape, bring it to the front so that it is over the "iris".
With both selected, goto the Object Menu and select Clipping Mask / Make.
The colored iris will now be masked within the white shape.
The white shape will loose its color fill because it is now a Mask.
But you can add it back again.
Select your new Clipping Mask (eye) and then look to the Control Panel at the top. It should say "Path" on the left. And you will see 2 Target buttons. Click on the one on the Left (Edit Mask) to select it, and then, in the Appearance Panel, add the White Fill.
I know that's a lot. Let me know if it helped.

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John Stanowski
Re: Illustrator [Creating Compound Shape from ALT - Intersect]
on Feb 27, 2020 at 9:09:27 pm

Ah, just watched your video. I really don't understand what you are trying to do.

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