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Chapter 17. Combine Paths > Compound paths

Compound paths

The compound path command joins two or more objects into one object—that is, until or unless the compound path is released. Where the original objects overlapped, a transparent hole is created, through which shapes or patterns behind the object are revealed. Regardless of their original paint attributes, all the objects in a compound path are painted with the attributes of the backmost object, and they form one unit.

To create a compound path:

1.
Arrange the objects you want to see through in front of a larger shape . Closed paths work best. The paths can have brush strokes.

2.
Select all the objects using the Selection tool (V) or Lasso tool.

3.
Choose Object > Compound Path > Make (Cmd-8/Ctrl-8).

or

If the objects aren't grouped, you can Control-click/Right-click on the artboard and choose Make Compound Path from the context menu .


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