This week we tackled the pathfinder tools. In the past this has been hit and miss for me. I never really understood what effect each option would have on the selected shapes. This exercise helped shed some light on that.
Each test began with the circle in front. For some of the tests I reversed the objects to see the difference in the result The objects were purposely kept simple so I could focus on the behavior without too much distraction.
It became clear that the front object determined the color of result in most cases. The merge tool is very similar to the basic drawing objects in Flash.