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Adobe Illustrator/Rounded-corners effect & Pathfinder conflict



Hello Kevin,

I'm hoping you can help me with this problem i'm having. I can't seem to find the answer i'm looking for anywhere online. Attached are two images. The first is a logo i made for my new brewery. I've run into problems trying to make a t-shirt. Ideally, i'd like to print a single color shirt for cost purposes. I'm trying to subtract all of the black from the logo (like cut them out ) so when i print my shirts, the black of the shirt will be able to replace the black ink i would have needed otherwise (then it's only a single color [white] print. If you look at the second picture, that is what happens when I use the Pathfinder minus front option. I understand it does this because I have a rounded corners effect on my shape. I need to keep the rounded corners and stamp out the black. Being semi-decent at Illustrator I'm hoping with the right guidelines, I can make this work. Also having difficulty relaying my need here. hopefully it was concise enough to get through to you. Any help would be a huge help. Appreciate you for doing this kind of stuff.

Thanks for the time,

Hi Jordan,

You first have to expand the rounded corners effect before you do anything else. Just go to Object>Expand Appearance. This will turn your rounded corners effect into actual paths and points which will then work with the Pathfinder.

Thanks! And I do accept donations in beer. kidding! Nice logo!


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Kevin Stohlmeyer


I am an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Freelance Professional. I travel nationally speaking on Adobe Creative Suite applications, including Illustrator and design. I can answer questions about Adobe Illustrator version CS1 through the all-new Creative Cloud.


I am an Adobe Certified Instructor for Adobe Illustrator and have been teaching this software in college/higher education and for an Adobe Authorized Training Center since 2000. I have been an active user of Adobe Illustrator as a professional graphic designer since 1994. I am also the author of the Adobe Illustrator Certified Expert Exam. I am a published author for Adobe Inspire Magazine, writing articles on Creative Suite applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and the Adobe Touch apps.

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