Using Pathfinder functions


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Using Pathfinder functions

When we think about building objects inside of Illustrator instead of drawing them, we know that we can use the Pathfinder panel to help us accomplish that task. And so far we've used things like shape modes, Unite, Minus Front, Intersect and Exclude. However, if you take a look at the bottom half of the Pathfinder panel, you will notice that there are some icons here called Pathfinders. These are things like Divide, Trim, Merge, Crop, Outline, and Minus Back.

Rather than thinking about these as ways to accomplish a single shape, we use Pathfinders as calculations to kind of break objects apart so that we can get just the parts that we need. Each of these Pathfinder functions performs different types of calculations. So let's take a few moments to see what they actually are. By far, the most popular Pathfinder that's used is something called Divide. This simply takes a whole bunch of overlapping objects and divides them all by their overlapping regions.

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Using Pathfinder functions
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Using Pathfinder functions provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Mordy Golding as part of the Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

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Design
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Illustrator
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