Combining shapes but not fill

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Hello new friends!


I'm very new to Illustrator, and trying to get my feet wet so I can make some cool things on my laser cutter. Currently, I'm trying to make some name cards for a wedding table. So I'm following some directions I've found, and basically did this...

1) Create the holder on the bottom, then type a name on top of it

2) Use the "Unite" function in Pathfinder to connect them

3) That adds a line at the bottom of the stem that connect to the name. Not a big deal, since I can cut it out.

4) However, I notice now that the fill extends all the way down the stem. I want JUST the name to be in black...but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to do that. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Most Valuable Participant , Dec 26, 2020 Dec 26, 2020
Paul,   I believe you will be happier if you:   1a) Create the holder on the bottom as one path by joining the (four) separate paths, 1b) then type a name on top of it and copy it and give the copy a stroke like the holder (according to the requirement/wish of the laser cutter) and remove the fill,   2) Use the "Unite" function in Pathfinder to connect them > the holder from 1a) and the stroke/nofill copy from 1b)  

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Paul,

 

I believe you will be happier if you:

 

1a) Create the holder on the bottom as one path by joining the (four) separate paths,

1b) then type a name on top of it and copy it and give the copy a stroke like the holder (according to the requirement/wish of the laser cutter) and remove the fill,

 

2) Use the "Unite" function in Pathfinder to connect them > the holder from 1a) and the stroke/nofill copy from 1b)

 

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OH MY GOODNESS!! I am SO much happier, you were right, I am much happier, holy crap this works so much better in so many ways. Thank you!

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You are welcome, Paul.

 

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