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Shape builder tool not working

New Here ,
Feb 04, 2020 Feb 04, 2020

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My shape builder tool is not working for some reason. It shows a little anti circle next to the cursor when i try to use the tool. It does not allow me change any options on the tool as well. I tried reseting my settings back to default, restarted the program and tried to make an object on a fresh project but it still did not work. The Shape builder tool is the only tool affected. Can somebody please tell me how to fix this?

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Feb 04, 2020 Feb 04, 2020

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You should read the documentation on the Shape Builder tool:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/illustrator/using/creating-shapes-shape-builder-tool.html

 

You need to create some shapes to use it on, then select them.

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Feb 04, 2020 Feb 04, 2020

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You need to have a few shapes drawn first, then select them in order to use the shape builder function.

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Feb 04, 2020 Feb 04, 2020

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If you were trying to draw shapes with the Shape Builder Tool but there weren't any shapes yet, were you maybe thinking of the Shaper Tool (Shift + N)? Here's more info on the Shaper Tool https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/building-new-shapes-using-shape.html

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New Here ,
Aug 24, 2021 Aug 24, 2021

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It doesn't work if shapes are inside the clip group for some reason.

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Explorer ,
Apr 07, 2023 Apr 07, 2023

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Yes, you are right. If the layers inside a clip group it wont work, wich is enoying when you for example have created the elements in ADobe Fresco, where every layer is placed in a clip group.

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Aug 28, 2021 Aug 28, 2021

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Shape builder does not work when no shapes are selected. Draw the simple shapes which you want to combine, select them and create what you need.

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