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Part: Two Working with Shapes > Modifying and Combining Paths

Chapter 7. Modifying and Combining Paths

Now that you've had the opportunity to create every kind of object available to Illustrator, it's time to talk in earnest about messing up these objects. This chapter specifically discusses how to edit paths created with the drawing tools covered in Chapters 5 and 6. You can clone paths to create copies, join paths together and hack them apart, and carve holes in paths.

As the pièce de résistance, you can combine simple paths into highly intricate ones using an assortment of pathfinder commands. These commands allow you to use one path to change the shape of another. The pathfinder commands are for everyone who ever despaired that they can't draw.

With the exception of cloning, you can't apply the operations covered in this chapter to text unless you first convert the characters to paths using Type » Create Outlines or Ctrl+Shift+O (Cmd-Shift-O on the Mac). And you can edit elements inside graphs only if you first ungroup the graphs by pressing Ctrl+Shift+G (Cmd-Shift-G on the Mac) or by choosing Object » Ungroup.

In fact, you'll have to ungroup portions of the graph more than once to break apart the nested groups. To be sure, press Ctrl+Shift+G (Cmd-Shift-G on the Mac) four times to ungroup every single object in the graph. Or you can simply wait to see if Illustrator complains when you try to perform an operation; if it does, press Ctrl+Shift+G (Cmd-Shift-G on the Mac) and try again.


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