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Simon Johnson
Some paths wont join
on Nov 9, 2009 at 5:27:07 am

Hi All,

The AI file in (CS version) is here:
http://sidestepmix.com/sidestep/help.ai

I am using Illustrator CS3 to create a vector logo. The logo is made up of straight lines that I have drawn using the Line Segment Tool. At the intersection of the lines, I have created corners by:

1) Selecting the end points with the Direct Selection Tool
2) Selecting Object>Path>Simplify
3) Selecting Object>Path>Join

This has worked well with most intersections, but for some reason there are corners that will not work (see those circled in Red in image below).

I get the error:
“To join, you must select two open end­points. If they are not on the same path, they can­not be on text path­s nor inside graphs, and if both of them are grouped, they must be in the same group”

There is no grouping and no text paths, and I can't see why it's worked for the other corners but not these?

This is doing my head in, any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Simon



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Vincent Rosati
Re: Some paths wont join
on Nov 9, 2009 at 8:51:01 pm

That was a tough one. I can usually solve join-points issues.

To fix this, you could draw a solid on top of the subject, select all, then Pathfinder/Divide.
Now you will have a 'fixed' version of the subject, end-points connected.
Expand, delete the unneeded stuff, and clear the fills.

Vince

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Simon Johnson
Re: Some paths wont join
on Nov 10, 2009 at 12:38:45 am

Great, that did the trick thanks Vince! In doing that, I also discovered I could switch on smart guides and use the pen tool to write a new path over the top using the same anchor points, and that also worked nicely.

Cheers
Simon


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Stuart Gill
Re: Some paths wont join
on Nov 25, 2009 at 1:34:36 pm

Vince's suggest is a work around that doesn't fix the original problem.

I can see what has happened, the four paths are closed polygons not open paths. To get around this you need to use the scissors tool to cut each path somewhere in the middle. Using the direct select tool you can then move the two endpoints away from the line and delete them. This will leave you with an open path with two endpoints you can join to the other paths.


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Andrea Hall
Re: Some paths wont join
on Nov 17, 2011 at 7:22:57 pm

Put simply the two endpoints are too close together, if you move them apart slightly then select them, they will join

andreahall.co.uk


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Stuart Gill
Re: Some paths wont join
on Nov 18, 2011 at 8:33:37 am

Andrea,

That is not relevant as two end points will join irrespective of their proximity. Being 'too close' to each other doesn't make any difference. If the two points are on top of each other or too close to select individually then drag select over them with the Direct Selection tool.

The error message the first poster received is due to the selection containing one or more points which are not endpoints.

If you follow the thread and look at the linked file, you will see what the problem really is, which I pointed out in my response.

Somewhere along the way the open path was expanded into a closed polygon.

Hope this helps.

Stuart


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