Compound Paths Suck

markatos's picture

I'm not sure if this is specific to my universe or not, but when I am making a vector object in Illustrator, in this case a logo, if I turn something into a compound path the elements that are reversed out become much much fainter.

Conversly, if keep those reverses as solid shapes and just layer them over the background fill then the reverse are strong.

This happens both on screen and on paper!

What the hell?

I wouldn't mind it so much, but in the case of a logo, I have to have a bunch of extra shapes in there so that it will work. Kinda gets messy.

I didn't have this problem before CS though.

In my attachment the logo piece uptop is compound, down below if layered/non compound. I'd really love some insight on this. Oh, and I should add, those are the same EXACT shapes.

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Shu's picture

Peter could you get us some larger images. I see what you are saying, but i can't really make out what could be going on.

markatos's picture

sure. though when you see them large the problem disappears.

I'll post a pdf.

In that pdf both stars are exactly the same size. what gives?

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