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Adobe® Illustrator® 10 Classroom in a Book® by Adobe Creative Team

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Combining shapes

Adobe Illustrator includes numerous tools and commands that let you modify the shapes of objects. The Pathfinder commands change the shapes of objects by adding and subtracting the outlines, or paths, around them.

Uniting shapes into one

Now you'll add a circle shape to the rectangular flower vase and unite the shapes into one object.

1.
Choose View > Smart Guides to turn them on. Smart Guides give you information about the objects as you point to them.
2.
Choose Select > Deselect to deselect the artwork, and then click the Default Fill and Stroke button in the toolbox to deselect the current settings of the flower stem.

Default Fill and Stroke button

3.
Select the ellipse tool () from the same group as the star tool () in the ...

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