Hello, so I know how to use the compound path to an extent but whenever I use it, the middle of the a is solid and the rest of the a is transparent. Is there a way to flip it?
I got info from here: Solved: How do I remove the center of the a? - Adobe Support Community - 12462285
Maybe too silly, but what happens if you release the Compound Path (so you have the two separate paths, the inner one on top in the stacking order), then select both paths and use Minus front (Pathfinder)?
Change the stacking, the item being punched out needs to be on top.
The stacking order is crucial for a Clipping Mask, but shouldn't matter for a Compound Path.
If the two items are the same color, sure.
The rear-most path determines the color of the compound; otherwise, there should be no difference. Am I missing something?
I can't see anything you could be missing.
For me starting out, it was easier to understand if I had the smaller, punch out item, on top, and also the color you want to keep below. If I ever get to be a pro, I guess I won't think it matters...
It might matter if you have more than two items and you're using the non-zero winding fill rule.
Did you inadvertently select Clipping Mask > Make instead of Compound Path > Make? or press ⌘/Ctrl + 7 instead of ⌘/Ctrl + 8?
Release it and then examine it. I suspect there are double paths.