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How to Use Compound Shapes
Always wondered what a compound shape is, but never had the courage to try it out? Well, if that's the case, check out our quick video and follow the provided steps and you'll be mastering them in no time!
If you’ve ever played with Pathfinder’s Unite Shape Mode, you probably know you can easily unite two or multiple objects into a single larger shape.
A compound shape allows you to achieve the same result, but in a more versatile manner, since it lets you select any composing object using either the Direct Selection Tool (A) or the Layers panel, and then edit its position, size, and shape at any point in time.
You can easily create a compound shape by selecting the desired objects and then heading over to Pathfinder’s advanced menu and hitting Make Compound Shape, or by using Unite Shape Mode while holding down the Alt key.
As you can see, the resulting path will take on the color of the topmost object, but since it behaves as a live effect, you can easily change its color or even apply different visual effects such as textures or gradients, and they will seamlessly transition from one composing shape to another.
If needed, you can easily return a compound shape to its original components by selecting it and then heading to Pathfinder’s advanced menu and hitting Release Compound Shape.
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