Merge Several Shapes into Single New Shape

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Oct 13, 2018 Oct 13, 2018

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Is it possible to merge several shapes into a single new shape?

Say, for example, a group of people symbols in a comp would merge together into a house or church icon?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 13, 2018 Oct 13, 2018

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Pre-compose the layers.

Another option for multiple shapes in a shape layer- select items Rectangle 1, Rectangle 2, etc., and then add a new group using the Add menu. Everything under a group can be manipulated as a single element.

If there are multiple shape layers and you want to move everything to a single shape layer you can select all of the elements in one shape layer and copy or cut them and paste them into another shape layer. The order of the elements can be adjusted by selecting items and dragging them around.

If none of those suggestions make any sense let us know. I may not be understanding exactly what you are trying to do.

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Oct 14, 2018 Oct 14, 2018

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Select all of your individual Shapes and hit Ctrl/Command-G if you want to simply group them.

However, if you want to actually Merge shapes together you can use the Merge Paths operator to unite, subtract or intersect shapes. This will create a compound Shape from multiple shapes.

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Sep 29, 2021 Sep 29, 2021

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Hi I'm new to After Effects. Completely comfortable in Premiere and Illustrator, just so you understand my technical comfort level. I have drawn two concentric circles in a new composition in AE, and I want to simply group them together. Command-G (I'm on a mac) doesn't work for me. What am I doing wrong? Thank you.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 11, 2022 Apr 11, 2022

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I am copying/pasting the paths from AE to AI, then using Ctrl/Command + J in AI to merge the shapes, in my case two lines. Then copy and paste the joined/merged path back onto the same path property of the shape in AE. It won't paste in place and I have to align it manually to match position, but it matches up size wise. It's crude but works. There should be an easier way to do this, ie. a Join command that goes beyond the Merge in shapes and connects the paths.

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The group command is a command that only works when you have multiple shapes on the same shape layer. You have to select the shapes on that shape layer and then use the command.

If you have multiple shape layers as I suspect ou do ten the command doesn't work.

You can copy shapes from one shape layer to another.

1. Select the shape on the layer you want to copy. LayerName>Contents

2. Copy (cmd–C/ctrl–C) or cut (Cmd–X/Ctrl–x)

3. Select the target shape layer and paste.

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