Pathfinder : substract an open path from a shape

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Feb 02, 2021 Feb 02, 2021

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Hello,

 

Above all, you will find two pictures attached to this message to illustrate what I try to explain.

 

I need to substract the selected white path from the dark grey shape below the path. I used Pathfinder > substract, but it also erases the part of the grey shape "inside" the path, as illustrated in the second picture to be downloaded. I guess this is related to the nature of the path and I tried some little things, but it didn't work... Has anybody a solution ?

 

Thank you all for helping all of us who don't find a solution on their own, this is so nice of you !  

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This would be simpler to do in Illustrator, because you could expand the stroke (I don't think that is possible with InDesign). There is a workaround -- instead of a stroked path, use two concentric circles, and make a compound path of them, then use Pathfinder again with the compound path and the other shape.

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This would be simpler to do in Illustrator, because you could expand the stroke (I don't think that is possible with InDesign). There is a workaround -- instead of a stroked path, use two concentric circles, and make a compound path of them, then use Pathfinder again with the compound path and the other shape.

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