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Illustrator pathfinder trapping effect misbehavior

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Mar 30, 2023 Mar 30, 2023

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I can't use the trapping effect correctly
- the trap is wrong if the path have a stroke (it is created by the fill) see 1
- the trap is wrong if there is more than 1 fill color (it is created by the top fill) see 4
- the trap is wrong if fill is modified in the apparence panel, for example if you lower the opacity only of the fill, the trap remain full. see 4
- the trap doesn't work with images and gradients and despite the order of objects in the group is drawn on top of them (this is the worst thing)

am i doing something wrong?

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Mar 30, 2023 Mar 30, 2023

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Did you try to use it from the Pathfinder panel?

 

Or did you group the objects before applying the pathfinder effect?

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Mar 30, 2023 Mar 30, 2023

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You probably expect too much of Pathfinder Trap. It is meant for simple objects, not for images and gradients and strokes have to be outlined before they can be used with the effect. 

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/trapping.html

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Mar 31, 2023 Mar 31, 2023

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Thanks for the reply
But it doesn't say in the documentation that it only works with simple and solid paths, also I understand that it doesn't work with images and gradients, but it could at least take this into account when create the traces and not creating them above

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It does mention on that page "The Trap option creates traps for simple objects".

To make sure that the Adobe engineers will look at your problems with trapping, please report them here:

https://illustrator.uservoice.com/

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