Adobe Illustrator: The Pathfinder - #10

Adobe Illustrator: The Pathfinder – #10

Adobe Illustrator: The Pathfinder – #10

This lesson will introduce you to Illustrators Pathfinder Panel and show you how three of its commands  –Pathfinder Unite, Pathfinder Divide and Pathfinder Exclude- can simplify and speed up your design process.

Module Description Step
1 The Pathfinder Panel 1-10
2 Pathfinder Unite 1-9
3 Pathfinder Divide 1-17
4 Pathfinder Exclude 1-20
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MODULE 1 • The Pathfinder Panel

Step Description
1A Before we begin, note that the video and audio for this lesson contain Mac commands, keyboard shortcuts and one-button mouse actions only. For complete Windows commands, refer to the script.
1B Keyboard Shortcut abbreviations and differences:

  • Mac: Command (Cmd) =  Windows: Control (Ctrl)
  • Mac: Option (Opt) = Windows: (Alt)
  • Shortcut directions are written as follows:
    • Cmd/Ctrl + Keyboard Letter
    • Opt/Alt + click

This means press & hold the Command key if you have a Mac, or the Control Key if you have Windows, then press the letter, or perform the action, etc.

A note on Mouse actions:

  • Two-Button Mouse: Right Click to open the Context Menu/ Right Click Menu
  • One-Button Mouse: Press & Hold the Control (Ctrl) Key while you click on the Art Board, to open the Context Menu/ Right Click Menu.

If you have a one-button mouse for your Mac, you might want to configure it to act like a two-button mouse:

  • Go to System Preferences.
  • Open up the Mouse options
  • On the “Point & Click” page, check the box to the left of “Secondary Click: Click on Right Side”.

Your Mouse will now work like a Two-Button Mouse

2 The Pathfinder Panel is one of the most helpful and most popular features in Illustrator. It is a tools panel, with tools that allow us combine shapes quickly and efficiently.


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