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Simple Illustrator Question

Discussion in 'Adobe' started by kustomsigns&designs, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. kustomsigns&designs

    kustomsigns&designs Member

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    Ok, I know this is possible and probably simple.

    In Flexi there is a "cut out" function its right next to the weld icon. How do I cut out in Illustrator?

    Let me clairify. In Illustrator I have 2 objects that overlap I want the top object to be cut out of the bottom object. How? in Flexi I just hit the "cut out" icon.
     
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  2. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    you will find it under:
    WINDOW>PATHFINDER.... top second button from the left
     
  3. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    oooops, don't forget to "EXPAND" afterward
     
  4. kustomsigns&designs

    kustomsigns&designs Member

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    Thank You Rick

    "subtract from shape"
     
  5. kustomsigns&designs

    kustomsigns&designs Member

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    expand?
     
  6. kustomsigns&designs

    kustomsigns&designs Member

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    expand is greyed out but i do get expand appearance

    What do these do?
     
  7. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    Expand finishes the pathfinder tool. Sometimes when you have strokes applied to your artwork, it may want you to "Expand Appearance".

    If you do not "expand" or "expand appearance" you have the option of undoing your "Pathfinder" action but your cutter will cut the whole thing or not cut around the stroke.

    I have yet to make use of that. If usually hit the ALT/OPTION key while in "pathfinder", and it expands at the same time.
     
  8. kustomsigns&designs

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    ok Thanks, I'm really tring to learn more about illy and get away from flexi. It seems to have much more potential.
     
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    Holy Frigg........ I can't even figure out how to get my drawing to stick to an art board.....whatever that is. I also keep making my artboard bigger than my canvas?

    "Sometimes", "usually", and "it may" is freaking me out. I'm beginning to think that nothing is simple in Illustrator....
     
  10. igneous

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    i think i've used illy soo much that i can't even figure out what you're asking

    shift+ctrl+f9 brings up a window called pathfinder like rick said
    make sure you're not working with non vector elements, that may be one reason the pathfind option ins't available

    what's the prob with moving elements? did you get that figured out?
     
  11. kustomsigns&designs

    kustomsigns&designs Member

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    Yes, it was a vector image and Yes, Rick hit the nail right on the head.
     
  12. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    The "Sometimes", "usually", and "it may" is that I do not know if there are effects in place (like strokes, gradient mesh, offset paths not compounded or if there is more to the question than asked.

    you keep fighting the program like that and your gonna end up pushing your head through the moniter....
     
  13. igneous

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    ^lawl
     
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