A Bug using Pathfinder Trim with Gradients
Steps taken: Make a file with a gradient fill on top of an object with a solid fill. Apply pathfinder trim.
Expected result: Object underneath gradient object is removed while gradient object stays as one solid object.
Actual result: Gradient object is cut and solid object remains underneath.
Further comments: When using pathfinder in Illustrator to trim objects that contain a gradient the objects underneath do not get removed as they should and instead appear to be divided. This seems to be an issue with how Illustrator makes gradient as if overprint fill was applied to the object. The workaround is to put a solid color underneath or apply the gradient as a fill in the appearance panel instead of using the tool bar, but that is not an intuitive way to design.