Why does Compounding in Illustrator not behave the same for all paths?


Above is a video showing the problem.

How can I create a compound path out of several shapes by pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+8 just once?

Right now it looks like it compounds 1 shape but merges the other ones.


It has to do with the winding order rule you have configured. You are using the Non-Zero Winding Fill Rule, while you anticipate it to work like Even-Odd Fill Rule would. You can find this option in the Window → Attributes Panel, make sure you expand the panel from hamburger menu with Show All.

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Image 1: Winding rule and its effect on compound object.

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