Make or release a compound path
A compound path is just when you combine multiple individual paths into one single path. Shapes must be converted to paths before being included in a compound path. For more information, see Change a shape into a path.
To make a compound path
- Select two or more paths you want to turn into a compound path. (To select multiple objects, hold the CTRL key.)
- On the Object menu, point to Path,
and click Make Compound Path.
The resulting path will replace the bottom-most path (in Z-order) that was selected before compounding, adopting that path's properties.
To release a compound path
You can break apart a compound path any time after you create it, however the original properties of the individual path objects will not be restored.
- Select the compound path.
- On the Object menu, point to Path, and click Release Compound Path.