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Chapter 7. Modifying and Combining Paths > Use a Path to Change a Path

Use a Path to Change a Path

At last we come to the Pathfinder—a shape-shifter's candy shop. Waltz into the Pathfinder palette (shown in Figure 7.18) and marvel at all the commands that permit you to combine simple paths into more complex ones. You can merge paths together, subtract one path from another, break paths into bits, and perform other path operations.

Figure 7.18. The Pathfinder palette with all the cryptic icons labeled. The modes in the top row are the “live” ones that let you retain editable shapes. The functions in the bottom row create final combinations (which are editable in and of themselves, but only in their final form—no more live effects).



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