How to unite the red and green parts of the leaf into one solid green leaf? See attached “Leaf” file. (How do I attach the AI file?)
I tried the Pathfinder UNITE command and the Live Paint MERGE command.
Give us a chance we can't read your mind.
Tell us what you want to achieve specifically you are showing us your problem but not describing your ultimate goal.
I can guess that perhap either want to make the shape withthe red elements all red or you want to make only part(s) of tha shape red? But from your description and screen shot it could be combination?
Give it a try and try to be specific.
Do you mean somerthing like either one of these if so I made a simple Live Paint Group
I did not redo the art I simply adjust it quickly in Photoshop and then trace it with Image Trace in Illustrator. That is why it is not quite so clean.
The top one you only really have to fill the red shape with a normal fill and not worry about doing anything else.
if it is now two color groups you tried to merge release the art from the color groups soyou have the art as all separate object if any of he objecs are compund paths rlease the compund paths such as the shape with the looped stem.
them select all of the art after the compound path has been released and then make that a Live Paint Group. Then use the Live paint Bucket to fill in the color for the area defining the opening in the looped stem fil it with a fill of none.
Now you have what I did in the bottom image.
The reason it is not working for you is that you cannot have a compund path in a Live Paint Group so you have to release it first and fill the space with a fill of none. or a color set to "0" opacity.
BTW what did was make the leaf with the red parts as one obkject then drew open paths over that object to define the area and when converted to a Live Paint Group was able to fill those areas with color. it makes it more seamless.
The right side of the leaf is in three peaces. How can I make this crescent shape “)” into one object, one vector shape?
You say you have tried Pathfinder Unite. This should work.
Depending on what version of Illie you are using you may need to hold down the Option key as you click on the Unite button in the Pathfinder panel.
In am working in CS6 XP.
I held the “Alt” key and clicked “UNITE” in Pathfinder. It colored everything green including the white background, except a narrow white border around the outside. It did not unite any of the parts.
I selected everything and clicked COMPOUND PATH. The RELEASE command is grayed-out.
I searched the Internet for “Illustrator color group”. Found nothing. If the parts where in a color group, how could they be released?
I will send the file if you tell me how. That would end speculation.
In versions CS4 and higher you need not hold the ALT-key.
What you need to do, is just select the parts you want to unite (this excludes the white, I guess), then hit that button.
If you want to repeat what you tried, you should first release the mess you made and go back to what you've had in the beginning.
To prvent this stuff in the beginning, you should always state which version you are using.
It colored everything green including the white background
In which case you should delete the white first and then use Pathfinder as before.
(Your shot didn't show that there was a white background.)
Here is a video perhaps this will help.
here is ascreen shot of the final result after deselecting the art
Wade made a video? Wow! What a helpful guy. I like Wade.
Steve says delete the white area. I don’t see how either (kind) answer address the original question, “How can I unite two vector objects?”
The red areas are missing on the original (green leaf) art. Drew the red object a best I could. If it is not possible to send the file to you, then I suggest we stop now before you become frustrated. Thanks for your help.
If you unite the two objects they will become one objet and one color. You would then have to draw the paths that i have done to recreate them. That is the only way. The you make the Live Paint Group.
There is no other way i thought I mentioned that earlier.
follow the video and you will achieve what you want to tbe best of your abilities.
But you are correct that is all I can offer.
Hmm, this is so simple, don't see why it's not getting solved. Must be some flukes involved. I'm not sure why Live Paint is being used - is not the goal to end up with just two main green shapes, uniting the red parts of the green shape on the right all together?
Mike, you see how you can easily adjoin two rectangles together drawing a rect on top of another rect and using Pathfinder Panel > Unite, right?
Oy . . . here we go . . .
First of all, verify there aren't unwanted copies of shapes stacked on top of each other, mucking things up. Unlock all layers (if more than one), refer to Layer Panel for this. Go to Object > Unlock All, if not ghosted. If ghosted, good. Proceed . . .
Using the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow), click in the filled area of one shape you actaully want to keep, you mkay have to zoom in to do this. be sure to click squarely in the fill of the shape, not on the path points or segments. With a shape selected, go to Object > Hide >Selection.
Repeat until all shapes you want are gone (hidden).
Go to View > Outlines (at top of View Menu). Do you see anything there? No? Good. But, if you do see anything, drag a box over it with the Direct Selection Tool and press DELETE, twice.
Now go to Object > Show All. Your hidden shapes are back.
Select them all with the Selection Tool (black arrow). Go to Object > Compound Path > Release, if not ghosted. Now go to Object > Ungoup, until it becomes ghosted. If already ghosted, good. Proceed . . .
Everything should be ready to work on now, if it wasn't already. The previous junk is all procedure seasoned Illustrator'ers just do on the fly with hardly a thought. Typical tedium of the vector rodeo.
Anyway - select all green shapes, go to Object > Hide > Selection. Get 'em outa the way for now.
Now zoom in close to a red shape. Select a point on a segment of it's path that it shares with it's adjacent green shape, but not on the outer edge! If there's not one, then add one, using the Add Anchor Point Tool. Drag that point with the Direct Selection Tool into where the adjacent green shape was before hiding it - making them overlap. Do this with both red shapes.
Go to Object > Show All.
Everything should be clean. Those little pesky red slivers are now overlapping their adjacent green shape. Select all shapes and hit Pathfinder Panel > Unite -OR- Pathfinder Panel > Merge (recommending Unite for this).
I the op wants the shapes thre sections to join and be one path of one color let him use the shape builder tool.
read about the shape builder tool?
But i think he wants the right side to be two color but one shape.
That is why I suggested Live Paint Group!
maybe I am wrong.
If he wants one shape as one color then the shape builder tool should do it.
All that has been said here, and all that has failed to work, makes me wonder whether it is time to look at quite different options.
What happens if you copy everything and paste it into a new document (Ctrl/Cmd+C, Ctrl/Cmd+F)?
If the issue persists, something may be seriously wrong.
You may try the following (you may have tried/done some of them already) and see whether it helps:
1) Close down Illy and open again;
2) Restart the computer;
3) Close down Illy and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift/Cmd+Option+Shift during startup;
4) Move the folder with Illy closed;
5) Look through and try out the relevant among the Other options;
Even more seriously, and only if everything else fails, you may:
6) Uninstall, run the Cleaner Tool, and reinstall.
You (Mr. Mathias) said, “Using the Direct Selection Tool click in the filled area … With a shape selected, go to Object > Hide >Selection.”
I tried this with each area. “Selection” is grayed-out. What can I do?
Why people (the teachers) prefer to speculate that to look at the file is a mystery to me.
If you have an object selected, you should be able to hide it. CTRL/CMD+3 does nothing either? (with something selected)
I'm afraid your knowledge of the software is just too minimal.
You haven't made the file available. Google a file hosting site, upload it, link us to it.
Why people (the teachers) prefer to speculate that to look at the file is a mystery to me.
where is your file? You didn't provide any file so, the only way to help you is guessing, It is always a mystery to me why there are so many people who post here expecting help but not providing files and enough information.
I'm certainly don't purport to be a "teacher", btw, Just like to get/give graphic design help. I learn a lot here. Our collective knowledge is massive. Disseminating it is good.
Call me a student if anything.
Mike, you might like Dropbox. But, I don't know how generally computer literate you are, so it m ay or may not be a good fit for you. Though, Dropbox attempts to make SVN's/ file-sharing very user-friendly.
I rarely encounter such a jacked vector.
Screw it. Here.
I was going to do the same thing for MikeTheMonk77... beat me to it☺
Regarding your quote though: I see these kind of vectors daily, embedded quite often in PSDs and inDesign files.
Note to MikeTheMonk77: you actually would have been better off recreating this vector by placing this mess on it's own layer, locking it, create a new layer, and make new bezier lines with the pen tool. "In the old days" that vector would have killed a RIP every time! Just sayin'....
Doc Pixel You are right. Retracing is the answer.
I watched five or sex videos. This is one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IALDbVPoaE.
What I did to solve the problem for myself:
I am learning. Your were all helpful. Thanks.
This forum is funny.
Technically, the corrrect "answer" is the solution to the thread's initial question - 'How do I unite two vectors?'.
Though yes, just redrawing the thing is a much better direction to go, in this case. But that's not what was asked.
Glad you succeeded, anyhow. You have much to learn, grasshopper.
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