I have a file that si made up of several lines (pic 1 red), I want an outline of this as an editable path, how can I do this in illustrator? merging shapes leads to the whole file becoming a single red square, and effects-pathfinder-outline in incomplete (pic 2).
I can manage to get what I want in inkscape (pic 3), so I'm sure it's possible but would like a workflow all in one program!
Thanks for you help but that wasn't working for me. I did find the solution though,Object -- path -- outline stroke, then just merge with the pathfinder tool. For whatever reason I couldn't get outline stroke to work for me before