Use Pathfinder Tools in Adobe Illustrator
vanessa, Rushell, Eng
Hello, you're watching VisiHow. In this video, we are going to learn how to use the pathfinder tool in Adobe illustrator. The pathfinder tool allows you to combine basic shapes in order to make new shapes.
Go to "Window" located on the top bar, then click on "Pathfinder" option
This will open the Pathfinder toolbar. You can also press Shift+Ctrl+F9 to open the Pathfinder toolbar.
To begin, create the shapes you want to work with and overlap one with the other
Use the "Selection Tool" to select both shapes, then click on the "Unite" tool
The "Unite" tool is the first tool on the pathfinder toolbar. It will combine the overlapping shapes together to form a new shape.
The "Minus Front" tool, the second tool on the toolbar, will remove the shape in front from the shape in the back
The shape that was in back will show a cutout space where the other shape was.
The "Intersect" tool, the third tool on the toolbar, will only show the overlapping portion of the shapes
The "Exclude Shape" tool, the fourth tool on the toolbar, excludes the overlapping portion of the shapes
The "Divide" tool will take all the paths and divide them into different shapes
To use this tool, ungroup them by going under the "Object" menu on the top bar, or you can press Shift+Ctrl+G.
The "Trim" tool will group the two overlapping shapes together and it will remove the strokes around the shapes
The "Merge" tool will also group the shapes and remove the strokes around them
The "Crop" tool will only show the overlapping portion of the shapes, and it will remove the strokes surrounding it
The "Outline" tool will remove all color and only the outline of the two shapes will remain
The "Minus Back" tool will subtract the shape in the back off of the shape in the front
Today you learned how to create not-so-basic shapes using the "Pathfinder" tool in Adobe Illustrator
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