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Tine Korsic
Merging two non-overlapping shapes in Illustrator CC
on Jan 26, 2017 at 2:58:06 pm

Greetings,

as the titles says, I'm having issues with joining two shapes which do not overlap in Illustrator CC.

Explanation in the screenshots:

For example, I would like to merge the two objects selected, in the top-left http://prnt.sc/e0mdy2

The thing is, those two object do not overlap, as seen when I move the inside object out http://prnt.sc/e0mgk9

Anyways, the outside shape is not a stroke http://prnt.sc/e0mhab


Any help would be appreciated.


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Vincent Rosati
Re: Merging two non-overlapping shapes in Illustrator CC
on Jan 27, 2017 at 12:05:50 am

Select both objects and use Pathfinder > Unite.

Vince

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Tine Korsic
Re: Merging two non-overlapping shapes in Illustrator CC
on Jan 27, 2017 at 7:30:55 am

Thanks for the swift answer but I've already tried that. and that's what happens:

http://prnt.sc/e0x2dt
http://prnt.sc/e0x2pl

The whole rectangle around the objects turns into the fill color. I have no idea why.

Please help.


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Tine Korsic
Re: Merging two non-overlapping shapes in Illustrator CC
on Jan 27, 2017 at 7:45:05 am

Update - I think it has something to do with the clipping masks. Is there a way to convert them into objects?
btw, I'm pretty new with Illustrator, therefore I apologize for dumb questions.


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Vincent Rosati
Re: Merging two non-overlapping shapes in Illustrator CC
on Jan 28, 2017 at 12:24:49 am

Hmmm. Could be.
A few other things to try first..
Object > Expand, then try Unite.
Or, as you suspect, Object > Clipping Mask > Release, then Unite.

If you can't get it to work, consider uploading the file and we'll fix you up.

Vince

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