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How can I avoid merging failures?

Sep 6, 2012 5:58 PM

Hello,

 

I select several overlapping vectors shapes and click merge in the pathfinder to merge them but often some parts fail to merge.

How can I avoid this? Why does it work sometimes and not others? Is there something I should do before clicking on merge?

 

Thanks in advance,

SG

 
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    Sep 7, 2012 12:28 AM   in reply to altar.an

    If your paths don't overlap, or if they are very close but dont touch, it might not work. Also, don't forget that merge works on the fill, not on the stroke. You might ant to outline it first

    1. paths don't overlap, merge will give no results
    2. outline strokes (Object Menu>Paths>Outline Stroke) : you can now isolate stroke and fill independantely
    3. merged outlines strokes is what you might try to achieve.

     

    Ai-Pathfinder-Merge-Paths.png

     

    Hope this solves it, if not, don't hesitate to insert an image showing where it fails for you

     
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    Sep 7, 2012 3:27 AM   in reply to Franck Payen

    In addition to Frank's excellent points there's one more reason... even a .001% change in color will cause visually similar objects to not merge. Ensure all items you want to merge are the exact same color.

     
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    Sep 7, 2012 3:51 AM   in reply to [scott w]

    You can also discover the magic wand tool and its color tolerance setting

     
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    Sep 7, 2012 8:49 AM   in reply to altar.an

    This one will require you to send us a file, i can see no obvious difference, except if you didn't click on the right pathfinder tool…

     

    By the way, which version of Ai ? above Cs5, you should try to play with the shape builder tool.

     

    (to send a file, use the advanced editor mode on the top right of the answer window)

     
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    Sep 7, 2012 8:55 AM   in reply to altar.an

    Well, maybe share the adress somewhere…

     
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    Sep 7, 2012 9:12 AM   in reply to altar.an

    Just use the Pathfinder panel instead of Effects>Pathfinder if you want a solid shape.

     
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    Sep 7, 2012 9:16 AM   in reply to altar.an

    Well the items in question already had an Add special effect on it. When it was removed I had no trouble getting it to work as you want with the top left set of objects.

     
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    Sep 7, 2012 9:17 AM   in reply to altar.an

    Ok, this one was tricky.

     

    First thing, the tool :

    Capture d’écran 2012-09-07 à 18.08.16.png

    it seems you're using this tool (don't have the english name) when the top left should be better and works.

     

    Now, what's wront in your file : if i give a stroke value, the top one has a stroke brush attached to it.

     

    I could spot a complex appearance in the layers panel,

    Capture d’écran 2012-09-07 à 18.16.27.png

    but didn't see it before giving a 1pt stroke color, where it became obvious :

    Capture d’écran 2012-09-07 à 18.13.46.png

     

    Voilà

     
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    Sep 7, 2012 9:18 AM   in reply to altar.an

    Most probably you didn't use Merge (or Unite) but Trim.

     
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    Sep 7, 2012 9:22 AM   in reply to altar.an

    first, spot them in the layers panel, they have a gry dot instead of an empty circle.

     

    Then find the appearance panel where you can see what's applied to the fill or stroke. Here you couldn't see it because… well there was no stroke…

     

    So change the stroke and check the differences.

     

    But Monika's answer is good (and she knows the words) : you didn't use Merge (or Unite) but Trim.

     


     
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