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"Punching" a vector image with another image? - Adobe Illustrator Windows

I am a fireworks user normally but I've got some print projects in the works that required Illustrator...so I purchased CS. Anyway, in Fireworks there is a 'punch' command that combines two vectors and does just that, makes a 'punch'. I've tried using the Pathfinder commands in Illustrator but it seems to create some type of a mask other than actually alter the vector paths of the image. Is there a way to do what I want? Thanks!...

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    Default "Punching" a vector image with another image?

    I am a fireworks user normally but I've got some print projects in the works that required Illustrator...so I purchased CS.

    Anyway, in Fireworks there is a 'punch' command that combines two vectors and does just that, makes a 'punch'. I've tried using the Pathfinder commands in Illustrator but it seems to create some type of a mask other than actually alter the vector paths of the image. Is there a way to do what I want?

    Thanks!
    Luke_Pettipoole@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: "Punching" a vector image with another image?

    Use your pathfinder pallet and either Expand after your operation or alt click on Minus Front, or whatever you're using.
    Timothy_Foolery®@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default "Punching" a vector image with another image?

    Click the 2 paths, right-click and select "make compound path" to punch.
    Unregistered Guest

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