Designer Discovers: Pathfinder on InDesign


Scientists may have discovered water on Mars, but I discovered pathfinder. Making this Mars graphic was really fun, especially once I learned how to use this newly discovered tool. Pathfinder simplifies the process of creating a lot of shapes and it means I no longer have to go through the pain of trying to create a perfect crescent-shaped object with the pen tool (it’s a lot harder than it sounds). Pathfinder basically uses the intersections between shapes to form a new one, whether it’s a space enclosed within two other shapes, or the space that’s excluded. Most of the stuff on pathfinder is pretty self explanatory and easy to use, but here’s a quick tutorial on how to use one of the features:

  1. Go to “Window” and find “Object & Layout”

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2. Click on “Pathfinder.” The toolbox should show up on your screen.

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3. Place your objects and overlap them so that when the shape on top and the intersecting area disappear you will have the shape you want. In this example, the result will be a crescent shape.

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4. Select the shape and click on the second option under “Pathfinder.”

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5. The result should be a crescent

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This wonderful toolbox has made designing a lot less time consuming! My rover will keep exploring for more hidden treasures on this mysterious planet InDesign.



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