Is there a way to outline a group of unclosed objects to create an object that is a combination of all the others but without any of the interior lines? I realize that I can select just the lines along the perimeter, cut all the extending lines one by one and join them, but is there a more expedient way?
Group of unclosed objects:
Just the objects along the permiter:
The unclosed objects will not join properly:
The goal is to get an outline of this shape:
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I'm assuming that A: you want to keep a copy of the original group and B: the original group's open paths are all strokes with no fill. This is not a problem; it just means that the final path will have a stroke of the original paths' fill.
Thank you Peter! You were correct to assume that the original group's open paths are all strokes with no fill. There were still some interior points I had to delete (see below), not sure why, but it was still much more efficient.
You're welcome, Lana, I'm glad you found it useful. Did you do the last two steps? If so, try it again, it might fix it. Of course, if you've moved on it's not necessary; I'm just curious.
I did do the last two steps. However, the group is pretty messy, drawn freehand with some paths that don't meet and others that twist around a point - at least that's what I noticed when I was cleaning it up. All in all, it was a huge time saver and I'll be using this procedure frequently in the future. Thanks again!
Okay, thank you, I appreciate the information. Always glad to know how my 'children' behave once they leave home!