I am working on a logo that has an anchor in it. I drew the anchor myself using the pen tool, straight line tool, and eliptical tool. It appears that everything is smoothly connected and I have rounded out the corners of my anchor, and also put a round cap on my adjoining lines.
I then highlighted the whole anchor and pressed cmd+J (I am working on a Mac) to join all the edges in an attempt to make the anchor one whole shape, which I intend to fill one solid color.
However, when I use the shape builder tool, Illustrator does not recognize my anchor as one solid shape. When you hover your mouse over a solid shape, the Shape Builder tool has a dotted pattern inside your shape. This is not happening in my anchor. I painstakingly went over each "joint" and made sure that they were connected, with no avail.
There has to be something I am missing here.. Anyone have any suggestions? They are much appreciated!
Thanks in advance.
Have you viewed it in the Layers Panel? This is the easiest way to see how many paths really exist.
You could also convert the selection to a Live Paint object and then fill it with the Live Paint Bucket tool.
When you select the anchor and look into Layers panel, it should be listed as a single object. Also can you check if the object is not grouped or clipped etc.
- Which version of Illustrator?
- Can you provide a sample .ai file?