Illustrator – Compound Paths & Clipping Masks

Creating Compound Paths & Clipping Masks in Illustrator

Compound path consists of two or more paths that interact with each other
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  • Create two circles using the ellipse tool
  • Add a gradient
  • See how the gradient is added seperately:
  • Select both of the circles
  • Go to Object>Compound Path>Make
  • Now the gradient will be applied both circles together
  • The shapes are effectively one shape, with a space in between
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  • Compound Paths can be applied to text too
  • Just select the text and then go to Type>Create Outlines first