Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting compound paths, part of InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics.
Everyone knows how to make a frame in the shape of a circle. You just use the…Ellipse Frame tool and drag out of shape and hold down the Shift key while you…are dragging to make sure it constraints to a circle. I can't see it because it…doesn't have a fill or a stroke right now. So I will go to the Swatches panel,…let's say I will give it a fill of some bright color, maybe magenta, it looks good, …but how do I make a shape of a donut, or if you are cutting down on sweets,…let's say a bagel, how do you make a hole in the middle of an object? Well, the…trick is to make a compound path, a path that actually contains more than one…path. Now we talked about compound paths a little bit in the Essentials…Training Title and I showed you how you could use the Path Finder features to…put a hole in something.…
For example, I will draw another circle on top of this one. I will select both…of those with the Selection tool and now I will go to Object > Path Finder >…Subtract. This puts a hole in the bottom, it actually knocks that first object…
- Automating with Data Merge and XML
- Optimizing page layouts
- Using advanced effects
- Creating interactive documents
- Integrating with Illustrator
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Shortcuts You Have to Know
2. Grids, Guides, and Columns
3. Layout Techniques
4. Images, Paths, and Effects
5. Text and Typography
6. Text Styles
7. Long Documents
8. Interactive Documents
9. Color Techniques
10. Color Management
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