Illustrator Pathfinder Effects Create a Two-Color Shape and Type Blends

  • Jennifer Harder

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Learn how to use Pathfinder Effects to make editable changes to your shapes and type objects. The Pathfinder Panel allows you to combine objects into new shapes. However, a common problem is that these changes are permanent, or simply not compatible with type objects. In this video, you’ll discover the easy solution and process of using Pathfinder Effects for creating editable assets, combining objects into new shapes, and being able to work with type objects. Pathfinder Effects allows you to continue editing your shape or type before committing to a final vector graphic.

We’ll briefly review the Illustrator workspace before diving into creative solutions to create a two-color blend for type objects and shapes. This effect and font color can be removed and edited at any time. You’ll learn how Pathfinder Effects differ from the pathfinder panel. This is useful when it comes to type or preserving shapes – a valuable skill for future projects.

What You Will Learn

  • See a brief overview of the Illustrator workspace

  • Use creative solutions to create a two-color blend for type objects and shapes

  • Apply and remove effects and font colors at any time

  • Discover how Pathfinder Effects differs from the Pathfinder Panel

  • Avoid having to convert your text to shape outlines

Who This Video Is For

Students, graphic designers, and corporate administrators who need to create documents for events. Viewers should be beginner or intermediate level users with some experience in basic layout in Illustrator.

In this video, you’ll learn how to use Pathfinder Effects to make editable changes to your shapes and type objects. Discover the easy solution and process of using Pathfinder Effects for creating editable assets, combining objects into new shapes, and being able to work with type objects.

About The Author

Jennifer Harder

Jennifer Harder has worked in the graphic design industry for over ten years. She has a degree in graphic communications and is currently teaching Acrobat, InDesign, and Dreamweaver courses at Langara College.

 

Supporting material

View source code at GitHub.

About this video

Author(s)
Jennifer Harder
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-6581-9
Online ISBN
978-1-4842-6581-9
Total duration
11 min
Publisher
Apress
Copyright information
© Jennifer Harder 2020

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Video Transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING]

Hi there. Welcome to Illustrator Pathfinder Effects– Create a Two-Color Shape and Type Blends. My name is Jennifer Harder, and I’m a book and video author for Apress and an instructor at a local college in Vancouver, BC. In this video, you are going to learn about the Pathfinder panel, like Pathfinder effects and how to create two-color blends for type and shapes.