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Jul 30, 2017

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How come my shape builder tool is not working?

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How come my shape builder tool is not working?

How exactly are you using it?

You need to first select your objects.

Then use the shapebuilder tool

If you did select your objects, then please go into the details about "not working".

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Shape builder tool not working

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How come my shape builder tool is not working?

How exactly are you using it?

You need to first select your objects.

Then use the shapebuilder tool

If you did select your objects, then please go into the details about "not working".

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Has it worked before and it suddenly stopped working?

Try Trashing Preferences AI: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/setting-preferences.html

What sort of shapes are you "building" with?

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How come my shape builder tool is not working?

How exactly are you using it?

You need to first select your objects.

Then use the shapebuilder tool

If you did select your objects, then please go into the details about "not working".

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Jul 19, 2019

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   For a moment i felt like are u watching me or what??anyways thanks for the comment.

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Aug 10, 2017

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Hi Terry,

Were you able to get Shape Builder to work? Let us know if you need further assistance.

Best,

Wren

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Hi Wren,

My shape builder tool also is not working. No clipping masks, no stroke. Literally trying to combine a rectangle to a few other rectangles. I've restarted my computer and got it to work once out of about 100 tries. Nothing fancy at all. I'd rather use this tool then draw it out with the pen to ensure my die lines are consistent. Using the latest version of AI on CC - no updates available. Running macOS Sierra - 10.12.6.

Thanks!

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Aug 11, 2017

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Hi Wren,

My shape builder tool also is not working. No clipping masks, no stroke. Literally trying to combine a rectangle to a few other rectangles. I've restarted my computer and got it to work once out of about 100 tries. Nothing fancy at all. I'd rather use this tool then draw it out with the pen to ensure my die lines are consistent. Using the latest version of AI on CC - no updates available. Running macOS Sierra - 10.12.6.

Thanks!

What exactly are you doing step by step?

Please show screenshots of your artwork (and of the layers panel).

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Feb 07, 2019

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Maybe it's too late, but... I had an issue with a shaper, it didn't join two objects.

Then I deactivated stroke and realized that there is a gap between shapes. With just a fill I was able to use shaper )

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New Here ,
Jul 27, 2020

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Hey! I know this is like a very old thread but I was having a similar problem and no answer here helped me. However, for me, the reason why the shape builder tool wasn't working was that I had a mask active on my shapes (EVEN THOUGH IT WAS TURNED OFF, I HADN'T 'RELEASED' OR DELETED THE MASK). Releasing the masks (after deleting everything from the mask layer) solved the problem and I was able to use the shape builder tool as usual. So this is one of the things you might wanna check

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Sep 15, 2020

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This was my issue! Thank you for posting this! I was trying to edit some shapes inside of a clipping mask, and nothing was working.

 

Please release your mask if you need to work with shapes contained within them. 

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