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Compound Paths

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128783D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

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Software Patent Institute

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Adobe Systems Inc.: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Adobe, the Adobe logo, Adobe Illustrator, PostScript and Adobe Streamline are trademarks and Adobe is a service mark of Adobe Systems Incorporated which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Apple, Macintosh and LaserWriter are trademarks of Apple Computer, Incorporated which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. ©; 1994 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. A compound path is a group of two or more paths that are painted so that any overlapping portions of the paths appear transparent. This allows you to see through overlapping objects.

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Compound Paths

Tech Note #4017 (4/22/94)Adobe Illustrator TM - Macintosh ®

Adobe, the Adobe logo, Adobe Illustrator, PostScript and Adobe Streamline are trademarks and Adobe is a service mark of Adobe Systems Incorporated which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Apple, Macintosh and LaserWriter are trademarks of Apple Computer, Incorporated which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. © 1994 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.

A compound path is a group of two or more paths that are painted so that any overlapping portions of the paths appear transparent. This allows you to see through overlapping objects.

CREATING COMPOUND PATHS

Typically you create compound paths from overlapping paths. You can also create compound paths from nonoverlapping paths; doing so enables you to use multiple shapes as a single mask. For example, you can create a mask from an entire word by first creating outlines from the type, then defining the type as a compound path, and then creating the mask.

To create a compound path:

1 Select the objects to include in the compound path.

2 Choose Compound Paths/Make from the Object menu.

3 Preview the illustration to see which parts of the compound path appear filled and which parts appear transparent. If the inner path, called the counter, does not appear transparent, you must reverse the direction of the path, as described in the next section.

REVERSING COMPOUND PATHS

Usually, the direction of a compound path does not matter. However, some artwork, such as that converted by Adobe StreamlineTM and hand- drawn shapes with multiple overlapping areas, may not appear transparent. In such cases, you need to rever...