This video demonstrates how to create a simple vector art illustration in Adobe Illustrator using the Pathfinder & Unite feature. Also shown is the path – divide objects below feature to cut a shape.

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It’s important to understand how to manipulate shapes in Adobe Illustrator to succeed in designing your own vector art. By dividing and uniting shapes, you can create a multitude of custom designs.

Demonstration was done in Adobe Illustrator CS4, however the basic concepts are the same for recent versions of Illustrator.

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