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Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Pathfinder, Crop and Cutout tips in 20 minutes or less

Helen Bradley, Illustrator for Lunch™ & Photoshop for Lunch™

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6 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Illustrator for Lunch 20 Pathfinder Crop tips Intro

      1:22
    • 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Five Pathfinder Crop and Cutout tips

      4:45
    • 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Second five Pathfinder Crop and Cutout tips

      4:09
    • 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Third five Pathfinder Crop and Cutout tips

      4:03
    • 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Final five Pathfinder Crop and Cutout tips

      4:04
    • 6. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Project and wrap up

      1:07

About This Class

Illustrator for Lunch™ is a series of short video courses you can study in bite size pieces such as at lunchtime. In this course you'll learn Twenty Awesome Illustrator Pathfinder, Crop and Cutout tips. You will learn tips for using the Pathfinder palette, the little known Pathfinder Effects, the Knife and Scissors tools. You will learn to make knockout text effects which are live and editable and how to outline a text object (not the individual letters) so the text remains editable. These tips will help speed up your everyday workflow in Illustrator.

More in this series:

4 Illustrator Shading Techniques - An Illustrator for Lunch™ class - Simple Highlights & Shadows

5 Hexagon Patterns in Illustrator - an Illustrator for Lunch? course

Create Color Schemes in Illustrator for Using, Sharing & Selling - An Illustrator for Lunch? Class

Create Patterns in Adobe Capture for Illustrator & Photoshop

Create Wreaths & Other Floral Designs - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Designing with Spirals - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Doodle Flower Design & Pattern in Illustrator - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Draw a Hot Air Balloon in Illustrator - Fun with 3D! 

Illustrator - Design in Black and White - Create Positive/negative images

Illustrator for Lunch? - 10 Interface and Setup tips too Speed your Workflow

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Align tips in 10 minutes or less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Type Tips in 10 minutes (or less) 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - Ten Top Illustrator Tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Layer Tips in 10 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pattern tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pen tool and Path Tips in 10 Minutes or Less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Appearance Panel Tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Color tips in 20 Minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Gradient tips in 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Pathfinder, Crop and Cutout tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Recolor Artwork tips in (around) 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Reflect and Rotate tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Things New Illustrator Users Need to Know

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Extrusion Effects - Text, Shapes, 3D

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Perspective Cube design and Bonus 3D star

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Exotic Patterns - Quatrefoils, Moroccan Trellis, and Layered Diamond 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Handy Patterns - Diagonals, Plaid, Colorful Dots, Chevron

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 5 Cool Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Abstract Ombre Background - Color Scheme, Blend, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - All you need to know about Brushes in Illustrator

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Backgrounds for your projects - Sunbursts, Halftone, Blends & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Banner and Award Badges - Appearance Panel, Masks, Warp 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Blends, Blend Modes, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Braids, Rick Rack and More

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Circle Based Patterns - Rotate, Blend, Multi-Color Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Clipping Masks, Opacity Masks & Layer Masks

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Block and Half Drop Repeat patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Rotated Repeating Patterns Made Easy - Using MadPattern templates 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Floral Alphabet character

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Nighttime Cityscape Image

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Plaid or Tartan Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Range of Triangle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Retro Landscape Illustration

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Textured Dot Pattern - Transform, Vector Texture, Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Wave Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Whimsical Tree

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Ikat Inspired Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Isometric Cube Pattern - Shape Builder, Align, Pattern Make

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Complex Art in the Appearance Panel

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Diamond, Harlequin and Argyle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Guilloche Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Hi-Tech HUD rings

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Perfectly Overlapped Rotated Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Seasonal Ornaments - Learn new skills while making seasonal art

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Stitches and Sewing Elements

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create with bends and blends - techniques for icons, logos and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Creative Half tone Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Custom Corner Tiles for Pattern Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cute Furry Creatures

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cutout Text Effects - Photos, Pathfinder & Text

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Designing with Symmetry

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Doodle-Style Heart - DIY Brushes and Nested Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Retro TV - Shapes, Texture & Sunburst

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Shapes, Transform, Texture

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Faux Tissue Paper Collage - Blending, Texture, Transparency 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Flat and Dimensional drawing techniques

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun Effects with Graphic Styles - Appearances, Brushes, Styles 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun with Scripts - Download, Install, Run

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Creative with Blends and Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Export File Sizes and Resolution Correct

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Going in Circles - Brushes, Blends & Transformations

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Gradient Background Effects - Find, Adapt, Create & Use

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Houndstooth & Rose - Vector Halftone Tracing & Houndstooth Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Illustrating Cacti with Custom Made Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Fill, Warp, Clip & Crop Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Shapes, Fills, Strokes & Color

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Kitchen - Cartoon Art with Live Paint 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In Your Face - Pen Tool Practice 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Layered Paper Style Collage - Gradients, Graphic Styles, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Let's Go Steampunk! - Shapes, Rotation, Textures 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 2017 Calendar from Scratch - Grids, Layouts, Text, Patterns & More 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 3D Y Shape Pattern - from paper illustration to digital design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a Lace Pattern Brush - Stroke, Blends, Pattern Tiles, Rotation 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make an Organic Spiral Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Brushes - Configure, Color & Scale

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Using Other People's Art 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Custom Organic Patterns - Transform, Scissors, Align, Pattern Swatch 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Retro Shapes - Pathfinder, Scripts, Rotation

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Scrapbook Papers to Sell - Patterns, File Formats, Marketing Materials 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make to Sell Printables - Stripes, Grid, Lines & Isometric Grid

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Mastering Live Trace - Turn Bitmaps to Vectors

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Meandering Hexagon Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - More fun with Scripts - Text to code, more scripts, more fun (trees too!)

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Multi-Color Faux Pattern - Patterns, Transform, Expand 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Neon Effect - Appearances, Graphic Styles, Fonts

Illustrator for Lunch™ - On (a pattern making) Safari - Repeating Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - One Design Concept - Many Variations 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in a Pattern - Achieving the Impossible in Illustrator 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in Pattern & Irregular Repeating Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern Know-how - Install, Transform, Recolor

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern of Lines and Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pop Art Style Star Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mandala Design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mirror Drawing - Symmetrical drawing

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Road Trip - Custom Brushes and Live Paint

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Roaming Square Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Seamless Repeating Texture Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Season's Greetings - Shapes, Brushes, Texture 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Semi Transparent Flowers - Scatter Brushes, Opacity, Blend Modes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sharing and archiving files - troubleshooting the pitfalls

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sketchy Image Effect - Image Trace, Swatches, Sketchy Effect

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Something's Fishy - Appearance Panel Tips & Tricks 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stipple Texture Effect - Grain, Gradients, Blends 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - String Art Inspired Designs

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stylish Doodles to Make and Sell

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Type on a Path - Type, Paths, Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using & Troubleshooting Bounding Boxes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using Photoshop Objects in Illustrator - Images, Shapes, Patterns and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Vector Textures - Vectors, Clipping Masks, Pathfinder

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Warp Shapes & Text - Envelope Distort, Warp, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor Magic - Type, Downloaded Patterns & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor stripe seamless repeating pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical diagonal line patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Scrapbook Paper Designs to Sell or Share

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Textured Drawings Using Hand Drawn Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Zentangle® Inspired Pattern Brushes - Shapes, Effects, Brushes

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Transcripts

1. Illustrator for Lunch 20 Pathfinder Crop tips Intro: Hello, I'm Helen Bradley and welcome to this episode of Illustrator For Lunch, 20 pathfinder crop and cutting tips in 20 minutes or less. Illustrator for lunches or series of Illustrated classes, every one of which teachers are small range of Illustrated techniques. You'll get plenty of opportunity to reflect on your new skills in the class project. Today we're looking at 20 pathfinder crop and cutting tips. So you will learn tips for making the most of the Pathfinder palette. You'll learn techniques for cropping artwork and images. How to apply Pathfinder effects and tricks involving the knife and scissors tool as well as much more. In most cases, the techniques and tips shown in this video, we'll be appropriate for all versions of illustrator, but I'll tell you when they're not. As you're watching these videos, you will see a prompt which asks if you would recommend this class to others, please. If you are enjoying the class, do two things for me. Firstly, give it a thumbs up and secondly, write just a few words about why you're enjoying the class. These recommendations help other students to say that this is a class that they too might enjoy and learn from. If you'd like to leave me a comment or a question, please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and questions and I look at and respond to all of your class projects. So if you're ready now let's get started on our 20 pathfinder crop and cutting tips in 20 minutes or less. 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Five Pathfinder Crop and Cutout tips : Create a knockout text effect. You can create a knockout text effect using the Pathfinder palette. I have here some text, it's just regular text. It hasn't been converted to outline, so it's fully editable, and above it a red circle. I'll select over the circle and the text, and in the Pathfinder palette, I'm going to hold the Alt or Option key on a Mac as I click the Exclude option here. And what we get is this knock-out effect. It's a compound shape here in the Layers palette. So we have our text and we have our Ellipse. And the color of this entire effect is applied via the compound shapes. So if I select the compound shape, then I can change the color of this effect, and it's see through. So if I turn on my background here, I just have a rectangle at the background, you can see that it see through. I can move the circle or the text, and this is a live effect so it's going to change wherever the circle is placed relative to the text underneath. Pathfinder and Pathfinder Effects. You're no doubt familiar with the Pathfinder palette that you can see here on the right of the screen. But did you know that there are also Pathfinder Effects. Here, Effect, Pathfinder, Add is the same as you know it, Intersect and Exclude are both options on the top row of the Pathfinder palette, and Subtract is the same as Minus Front. But these tools work a little bit differently. I've got two shapes here. I'm going to select them and try and apply one of these Pathfinder Effects. We can't do that because we're asked to apply the effect to groups, layers, or type objects. I've got a group here, so let's apply the effect using this group. This time we can Apply and Add effect, Intersect, Exclude, and Subtract, which is equivalent to Minus Front. The difference between these effects and the ones that you can apply using the Pathfinder is that these effects are live. So if I go here and select this shape, I can adjust the shape that it has this effect applied to it. It's a live editable effect. Create compound shapes from the Pathfinder palette. In the previous tip, you learned how to apply effects using the Pathfinder effect. You can do the same thing from the Pathfinder palette. So let's go and do a Minus Front on these two shapes. And they're just regular shapes. They're not inside a group or anything. I'm going to hold down the Alt key on a PC, the Option key on a Mac, and "Click" the Minus Front option. Here you can see we've created a compound shape. It has two rectangles in it. And as we did before, this shape is live. So we've been able to create a pathfinder effect using the Pathfinder palette but making sure that we applied the effect holding the Alt or Option key to create this live effect. This is the result. Controlling shape overlap colors with Hard Mix and Soft Mix. Two of the Pathfinder Effects that are not reflected in the Pathfinder palette are Hard Mix and Soft Mix. Let's have a look at Hard Mix. I'm going to choose Effect, Pathfinder and then Hard Mix. And what we're seeing is the overlap between these two shapes has a different color. Now you can also use Soft Mix, which will give you a similar but editable effect. I'll choose Effect, Pathfinder, and then Soft Mix. With Soft Mix, we can control the mixing rate. So we could change it to, for example, 25 percent, and that will give us a different result. "Click Okay" when you're done. Any of these options can also be edited by opening up the Appearance panel and double-"Clicking" the effect that you've applied to that particular series of objects. You can make changes and then "Click Okay". Create a live editable see through text effect. I have a photograph here. Look down at the back of the art board. On top of that I have a partially see-through rectangle of white and then some text on top. I'm going to select the text and the rectangle and group them with Object Group. And now I'm going to make the text see-through by choosing Effect and then Pathfinder Subtract. The text is now see through. So if I go here to the last palette, you can see that we have this compound shape. We have the text Barcelona, which is fully editable and a Rectangle. The Subtract option has given us text that we can see through to the image behind. 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Second five Pathfinder Crop and Cutout tips: Create an outline around a piece of text with add. I'm going to select this text and apply an off-set outline to the entire piece of text. So I'll click here to add a new stroke. It's going to be orange color. it would be ten pixels wide. I'm going to offset it by ten pixels with effect, path, offset path, and I'll just click okay. You can see where the letters join that the effect is not of an outline around the text, rather outline around the individual letters. So I'm going to select my text and now let's go and choose effect, pathfinder, add. Now we get a very different look. Here we've got a true outline around our text and it's created using the add effect. Why the new illustrate a crop tool isn't all it promises to be? There's a new crop tool in Illustrator 2017, the most recent version. When you add an image to a file, you get a option here on the toolbar called crop image. Click on it and you can crop the image. Now this tool only works with bitmap images. So these are the kind of images like photos or sketches that you might scan and import into Illustrator. What's happening here is, unlike in previous versions of Illustrator, the image is actually getting cropped. So we've actually discarded all the outside of this image. So we have just this piece of the image in our file. The file is going to be correspondingly smaller. So that's the advantage of this tool. But don't mistake this tool for a tool that crops Illustrator artwork. It does not work on vector graphics. Problems with using the pathfinder crop option. I have an image here and part of the image is outside the art board, but I have a rectangle that I've created that is the size of the art board. It's an no fill, no stroke rectangle. If I wanted to use it to crop my art board, I can do so. But there are problems with this particular process. Notice that they shapes all have strokes around them. When I select everything and go to the pathfinder option and click the crop tool, what's going to happen is that everything is going to be cropped to the shape of that top rectangle. But I also lose my strokes. You need to be aware that if you use the pathfinder crop tool, any strokes on your shape is going to be lost in the process. Crop with export or a clipping mask. There are a couple of alternatives that you have for cropping an image like this. One is with the rectangle that we had from the previous tip, the no fill, no stroke rectangle. I'm going to select all the objects including the topmost no fill, no stroke rectangle, right-click and choose make clipping mask, that clips the image using the rectangle as the clipping mask. The content is still there, it's just not visible. If I undo that, there's another option that you can use. If you're headed to the web, you can choose file and then export save for web (legacy). Provided you click on clipper to art board, then the image is going to be clipped to the art board shape when it's exported as a JPEG, PNG or GIF file. Using divide to cut an object into segments. I have a polygon here at the bottom of the layer, and above it are three lines extending well past the edges of the polygon. I can use divide to cut the polygon up into these triangle shapes that are made by the lines. To do so, I'm going to select over everything the polygon and the lines. From the pathfinder, I'm going to click divide. I have a group here that has six objects in it. So if I select the group and ungroup it, you'll see that we now have a series of triangles. The lines have been used to cut the polygon into pieces. You can see the lines themselves have been sacrificed in the process. 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Third five Pathfinder Crop and Cutout tips: Cutting a shape with the knife tool. The knife tool shares a toolbar position with the eraser and scissors. It's a free-form tool, but it has no editing capability at all. So you can drag a line through a shape and you'll cut the shape in two. But you can't edit the cart because it's already been made. Let me just undo that. One instance where the knife tool might be useful is using ALT or option with it. In that case, you can draw a straight line with the tool and have exactly the same result, but again no editing capability with this tool. Cut up an object using split into grid. I have a rectangle selected here, it's filled with a pattern. I'll choose object, a path and split into grid. In this way, I can split the object into a series of blocks arranged in columns and rows. So I'm going to add three rows and four columns, and I'm going to add a 10 pixel gutter in between each of the blocks that I'm cutting the shape into. If I click preview, you'll see what the shape is going to look like when it's cut up. You can also optionally add guidelines. When you click okay, you now have a series of individual objects that the rectangle has been cut up into. If you cut up a shape that's not a rectangle, you're going to end up with rectangular boxes. The shape is going to be converted to a rectangle as you cut it into this grid. Using the shape builder tool as an alternative to the Pathfinder, the shape builder tool was introduced in Illustrator CS5, and it can be used to perform all the options from the shape modes, for example, in the Pathfinder palette. I'm going to select either all of these shapes have everything selected. I'm going to the shape builder tool and I'm going to unite on these shapes. So I'm just going to drag over the two shapes to unite them. Let's have a look at minus front, which would involve removing the green elements. Well, I'll hold the ALT key or option on a Mac as I drag to remove these pieces. Here, let's have a look at intersect where we'll keep this square here and remove these by holding the ALT key or option on a Mac as we drag over them. Finally, exclude will remove this piece here, holding ALT or option and just dragging over it to remove it. Use this scissors tool to cut a path. The scissors tool shares a toolbar position with the eraser tool, and it can be used on a path to cut the path at that point. This path here has a brushstroke applied around it, and if I cut the path, then the brush stroke is going to be applied in a different way. If I cut the path in a couple of places and we're going to get multiple brushstrokes applied to this shape. Over here, I have a circular path with a series of blended shapes applied to it, but they're not stretching all the way round this circular path. Well, if I go to the scissors tool and cut the path, then the shapes are going to be applied around the path evenly spaced. Create a doughnut shape in three ways. I have a series of red circles on top of some larger orange circles. We're going to look at how we can cut the red circle out of the orange one in three different ways. I'm going to select the Pathfinder and I can use minus front that will cut out the red hole from the orange. If I select both shapes and use exclude, I'm going to get the same result. Instead this time, the resulting shape takes on the red color of the piece that we removed. We can also select the shapes, right-click, and choose make compound path. In the last pallet, you'll see that we've got three identical compound paths. The only difference being that one of them is colored a little differently to the others. 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Final five Pathfinder Crop and Cutout tips: Removing a curved line from a circle. I have a black circle here with a white line through it, and the line has just been stroked with white with a large stroke size. What I want to do is I want to end up with two pieces of the black circle with a see-through element in the middle. I can do that by first turning the line into a filled shape. I'm going to choose "Object Path", "Outline Stroke". Now select this filled object and the circle and I'll group them with "Object Group". Having grouped them, I can now use the "Pathfinder" effect and I'm going to choose "Subtract", that removes the line from the circle, but this is fully editable. So if we don't like where the path is, we can easily move the path and we still get the same effect. Trimming a shape with Divide Below or Divide. You could trim the ends off this shape using either Divide or Divide Below. Let's look at Divide. I'm going to draw a vertical line here and I'm going to select both the line, and my shape. So I have the Line and the Path selected. I'll go here to "Divide". Now with my "Group Selection Tool", I can select either this end of the shape and remove it. When we use Divide, we select both the line and the shape. Divide Below works a little differently. This end I'm going to again create a line, but this time I need to select only the line because it won't work if I choose the shape as well. I'll choose "Object Path", "Divide Objects Below". Again, I get a group with this element here separated from the remainder of the group. With the "Group Selection Tool", I can just select over the piece I want to remove and remove it. Harness the power of Minus Front. Here I have a group of circular objects and at the very back is a black rectangle. If I select all these objects and click "Minus Front", what's going to happen is that Illustrator is going to subtract absolutely everything from the bottom most object. So we're going to get holes in our shape. Now it's got nothing to do with the fact that these objects are in a group. So I'm going to select them and I'm going to "Ungroup" them. Now I just have a series of objects. But because the black rectangle is at the back, when I select all of these objects and click "Minus Front", everything that is in front of the bottom most object is subtracted from it. Repeat the last Pathfinder action. Whenever you've used the Pathfinder, for example, I've selected everything here and I'm going to use "Minus Front", you can automatically repeat the last function without actually applying it. I'm going to select over all of these shapes and on the PC I'll press "Control For", on the Mac that would be Command For. That immediately repeats the last process that you did using the Pathfinder palette. Create a sophisticated overlapping shape effect. I have a series of overlapping circles here and a photograph underneath. What I want to do is see these white areas, but where the blue is, I want to see all the way through to the photo underneath. Simply turning the Fill off isn't going to work because I'm seeing some extra edges to these circles that I don't want to see. So I'll reinstate the Fill, keeps the shapes all selected and go to the ''Pathfinder'' and click "Trim''. I've lost my strokes, but all of my shapes are now created the way that they should be. Let's go to the "Stroke" and let's reapply a ''White Stroke", and I'll set the stroke weight to about 19 pixels. Now I can go and turn off the Fill. So I'm going to target the fill and turn it off and this time we're seeing the effect that we came here looking for. 6. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Project and wrap up: Your project for this class is to go to the class project area and just tell me which of these tips you think you're going to use, something that was surprising to you or something that's going to open up a world of possibilities to you in Illustrator. I hope that you've enjoyed this class and that you have learned lots about Illustrator that you didn't know before. As you are watching these videos, you will have seen a prompt asking if you would recommend this class to others. Please, if you enjoyed and learned something from this class, would you do two things for me? Firstly, answer yes, that you do recommend the class, and secondly, write just a few words about why you enjoy the class. These recommendations help other students to see that this is a class that they, too, might enjoy and learn from. If you'd like to leave me a comment or a question, please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and questions, and I look at and respond to all of your class projects. My name's Helen Bradley. Thank you so much for joining me for this episode of Illustrator for Lunch. I look forward to seeing you in an upcoming episode soon.