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gap between connected paths illustrator

New Here ,
May 14, 2017 May 14, 2017

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When I enter live paint mode and increase the stroke size of my paths, I notice the larger I go with stroke size, the larger a gap there is between paths that are intersecting but which have a large angle between them. Is there any way to make illustrator have these paths smooth out so there's no large gap, or come to a tapered point? Here's an example of the problem (two separate paths I made intersect) and an example of what I would like it to look like (a corner from one continuous path I drew). Thanks in advance!

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Community Expert , May 14, 2017 May 14, 2017

In Live Paint mode it is difficult (maybe even impossible) to delect both anchor points to join them.

But when you are finished with Live Paint , can choose Object > Live Paint > Expand and select them (the strokes are in a separate group) to join them. You can make it a Live Paint object again after joining.

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You cannot connect them "on the fly".

What you can do is select a different cap for the stroke, like round or protruding, but that's it.

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In Live Paint mode it is difficult (maybe even impossible) to delect both anchor points to join them.

But when you are finished with Live Paint , can choose Object > Live Paint > Expand and select them (the strokes are in a separate group) to join them. You can make it a Live Paint object again after joining.

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Dec 27, 2023 Dec 27, 2023

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I am having this same issue, only its when i use the shape builder tool to edit lines i have created with the line tool. The paths are intersecting and some create corners but others create the gap shown above. I cannot figure it out and its driving me nuts! PLEASE HELP 

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Dec 27, 2023 Dec 27, 2023

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Is there just one anchor point? Or two?

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Dec 27, 2023 Dec 27, 2023

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Just one

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Dec 27, 2023 Dec 27, 2023

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Please share the AI file.

Dropbox or the like.

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Dec 27, 2023 Dec 27, 2023

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Magic Triangle (Exercise) 

 

Let me know if this works or i can email it 

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Think emailing the AI file may be better 

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Dec 28, 2023 Dec 28, 2023

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Thank you.

 

The paths are not connected and that's why you get the gaps. If you connect all the outermost paths, then you get nice corners. And only afterwards, enter live paint with that.

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Thank you for your reply that did help out. But the anchor points for the paths are directly ontop of eachother and ctrl+j wont join them, Even when dragging over them with the direct selection tool. Is there a reason for this im maybe not understanding? 

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If you are draging around them with the direct selection tool, then most probably you are selecting 3 anchor points. That cannot be joind. Instead select just those paths and then join them. It's not necessary to select points for joining. Illustrator can join when paths are selected.

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