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Chapter 5. Shape, Drawing, and Graph Too... > Compound Shapes and the Pathfinder P...

Compound Shapes and the Pathfinder Palette

Illustrator 10 changes the way paths are combined. Rather than simply creating compound paths from two or more objects, you can now create compound shapes. The difference is similar to that between filters and effects. Compound paths take two or more objects and combine them into a single object. However, to change the relationship among the parts, the compound shape must be released, the change made, then compound path restored. Compound shapes, on the other hand, are “live.” You can use the Direct Selection or Group Selection tool to make changes to one of the components of the combined object without having to release or expand.

Compound shapes take the place of a couple of Illustrator’s earlier pathfinder capabilities, but others remain.


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