One of the new features in Illustrator CS5 is the Shape Builder. This tool allows you to combine and intersect shapes in a somewhat more natural way than the standard Pathfinder panel can accomplish. With this tool, rather than trying to decide which button to press to get the results we want, we can use the mouse cursor to get a preview of which shapes will be altered, and decided to add or subtract them to the final shape. We can even press and drag over a group of shapes to add or subtract them all at the same time.
In this video presentation, we’ll examine some simple uses of the Shape Builder tool to get a feel for how this new tool might be used to create interesting shapes.