Paths that cross themselves

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jvoisey
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:53PM
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Is it ever a problem if a path crosses over itself. I can think of three scenarios

Top image is unfilled path, bottom is filled

A) Figure of 8
B) "Snake" that crosses over itself
C) An open path (stroked only) that crosses itself

thanks

Jez
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:26PM
It's ALWAYS a problem. istock will not accept these files if they are filled objects or closed paths.

(Edited on 2005-09-20 14:27:26 by VectorScott)
Zuki
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:27PM
A and B can be easily rectified by snipping and joining the paths where they cross like so:

sam

C however is a problem.

(Edited on 2005-09-20 15:28:21 by Zuki)
justelaine
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 4:22PM
Thanks for the confirmation, Zuki. I haven't done any yet, but I'll be trying this soon.
closed373788
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 4:27PM
You can also just click the overlapping shapes and click the Add option in the Pathfinder palette. You'll then have to use Object > Expand Appearance.

Or you can simply option/alt click the Pathfinder Add. That will expand it when it applies it.
kycstudio
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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 4:54PM
I don't understand the policy of rejecting the pahts like in A. Sometimes its interesting to have this shape but a hard work to break them apart.
Is there a problem of compatibility or is a problem while printing?
I had a file that had this "problem" and I had to re-edit many of them in order to be accepted. I had used it as a way to represent the flames.

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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:23PM
I think it's a compatibility issue with Freehand/Corel. I've had many, many, many Illustrator files printed with figure 8 shapes and I've never had a single issue with them.
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