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Pathfinder - Ground Figure plan

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Mar 15, 2023 Mar 15, 2023

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So im creating like far over 100 ground figure plans and am running into this weird problem with pathfinder. I want to join all building outlines to create a thick border while having a thin outline of the buildings. I join everything and sometimes pathfinder does it perfectly and sometimes pathfinder finds weird "outlines" (50|50). Is there a way to control it, or another way to create perfect outlines?

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Mar 15, 2023 Mar 15, 2023

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Can you share two sample Illustrator files (correct and incorrect)?

 

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Mar 15, 2023 Mar 15, 2023

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Instead of pathfinder, set all of your thin strokes on the individual buildings, and group them. Than add the thicker stroke to the group via the Appearance panel, and move it below Contents in that panel. 

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Mar 16, 2023 Mar 16, 2023

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oh wow havent thought of that. I dont even need to group them. Im using 2 diffrent layers for outline and inner lines. I guess yours is the better organisation but im the only one using these so ill give it a try. Thanks alot.

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One advantage of adding the stroke to the group is that if you make any changes to an element in the group, the outer outline move and adjusts with the change.

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