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Engaged ,
May 19, 2020

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Hi. Illustrator newbie here. I am using the most current version of CC Illustrator under Windows 10 (also updated).

 

I am trying to create a line shape (two stylized quote marks) for use in a book. I have turned the quote marks into shapes using Type | Create Outlines, then I have removed the two closing line segments at the top using Direct Select Arrow | Delete. I am left with the following two unconnected and open shapes:

two_open_paths.png

I want to lay a line across the tops -- shown by my wavy line example, below. Note the join between the two objects:

 

two_wavy_lines.png

I tried to bridge the two objects with a small line segment between them using the instructions found here on the Adobe web site: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/adjust-path-segments.html

 

However, I get this error:

 

error_pathjoin.png

 

It is painfully obvious that I am actively doing something wrong or passively not doing something right. Can someone advise me, please, on how to put a straight line across the top of these two objects without closing their tops? I've also tried various clicks around Pathfinder, and haven't hit on the right combination.

 

Thanks!

 

-j

 

PS: I thought that my problem was that the two shapes were not in the same group... So I grouped them. No difference, and I got the same error message when trying to join the two shapes.

 

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

Please open the layers panel and check if there are probably compound paths. If so, release them.

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Join two open paths, get an error

Engaged ,
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Hi. Illustrator newbie here. I am using the most current version of CC Illustrator under Windows 10 (also updated).

 

I am trying to create a line shape (two stylized quote marks) for use in a book. I have turned the quote marks into shapes using Type | Create Outlines, then I have removed the two closing line segments at the top using Direct Select Arrow | Delete. I am left with the following two unconnected and open shapes:

two_open_paths.png

I want to lay a line across the tops -- shown by my wavy line example, below. Note the join between the two objects:

 

two_wavy_lines.png

I tried to bridge the two objects with a small line segment between them using the instructions found here on the Adobe web site: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/adjust-path-segments.html

 

However, I get this error:

 

error_pathjoin.png

 

It is painfully obvious that I am actively doing something wrong or passively not doing something right. Can someone advise me, please, on how to put a straight line across the top of these two objects without closing their tops? I've also tried various clicks around Pathfinder, and haven't hit on the right combination.

 

Thanks!

 

-j

 

PS: I thought that my problem was that the two shapes were not in the same group... So I grouped them. No difference, and I got the same error message when trying to join the two shapes.

 

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

Please open the layers panel and check if there are probably compound paths. If so, release them.

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Please open the layers panel and check if there are probably compound paths. If so, release them.

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That did the trick! Now I am able to join the two open shapes. So... I'm wondering.... (1) how did I get myself into this predicament and (2) other than observing a compound path in the layers panel or getting an error message, how would I know this condition existed?

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Usually when you outline text, then it becomes a compound path automatically.

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