illustrator: pathfinder minus front, cut-out is crude, not precise enough


Trying to cut out text from a shape behind it. I select the text, then Object > Expand…, then select it along with the rectangle shape behind it and do Pathfinder > Minus front. The cut-out shape comes looking wrong.



In Pathfinder Options, I have the precision set to 0.001 pt (although it doesn’t seem to change anything), the other options don’t make a difference either. I’ve only had this problem with this particular rounded typeface. Any ideas how I can get it to cut directly along the outlined path?


The issue was being caused by the rounded corners effect applied to the shape being cut. Moral of the story: rounded corners must be done manually if you don’t want to alter the shape of the negative space within the shape as well.

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