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Visual QuickStart Guide Illustrator CS2 for Windows and Macintosh by Peter Lourekas, Elaine Weinmann

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Chapter 25. Combine Paths

In this chapter, you’ll first learn about the Shape Mode commands, which create editable compound shapes. Second, you’ll learn about the Pathfinder commands, which divide, trim, merge, crop, outline, or subtract from multiple overlapping paths, producing a flattened, closed object or compound path. Finally, you’ll learn how to join two or more objects into a compound path, then add objects to, reverse an object’s fill in, and release compound paths.

Applying Shape Mode Commands

The Shape Mode commands Applying Shape Mode Commands on the Pathfinder palette produce a compound shape from selected, overlapping objects. Like appearances, compound shapes ...

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