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Chapter 25. Working with the Shape, Draw... > Compound Shapes and the Pathfinder P...

Compound Shapes and the Pathfinder Palette

Rather than creating compound paths from two or more objects, you can now create compound shapes. The difference between compound paths and compound shapes 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, and then the 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 it.

Compound Shapes

Compound shapes are created through the Pathfinder palette (see Figure 25.27). Two or more overlapping objects must be selected on the artboard to create a compound shape. They should not be grouped.


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