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Carving Holes in Paths

Illustrator lets you carve holes inside a path. You can see through these holes to objects and colors that lie behind the path. A path with holes in it is called a compound path, which is the subject of this section.

The most common kind of compound path is converted text. Consider the baroque character in Figure 7.13. This character is actually the combination of three paths—the serrated ruffles on the left side, the main body of the B, and the hole inside the B (filled with white in the figure). Illustrator automatically combined these three paths into a single compound path when I chose Type » Create Outlines.


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