Shape Builder Tool Problem

Community Beginner ,
May 01, 2020 May 01, 2020

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Hi folks.

 

I'm having this issue that I can't seem to resolve. I have a couple of objects selected. One of them won't seem to "grey out" so that I can merge the objects. Haven't had this issue with any other objects in the design. The object in question isn't grouped. See video. Help? 

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Adobe Community Professional , May 05, 2020 May 05, 2020
Thanks for sharing that. The problem seems to be that the large construction is a Compound Shape, and the Shape Builder Tool requires simple paths. Go to either the Object menu > Expand Appearance or to the Pathfinder panel and click Expand. The Pathfinder panel flyout menu also has Expand Compound Shape. That should allow the behavior you're expecting. Peter

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May 01, 2020 May 01, 2020

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The most likely cause would be a gap in the path. Check to see if the path is closed, or double-click on the Shape Builder Tool in the Toolbar to bring up the Tool options. See if Gap Detection is active, and if so try adjusting to a greater gap length.

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Community Beginner ,
May 03, 2020 May 03, 2020

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Thanks for the reply.

 

I tried Gap Detection with all sizes. Also tried the other various options within the shape builder tool. Still having the same problem. 

 

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May 03, 2020 May 03, 2020

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Is it possible for you to share the document?

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Community Beginner ,
May 04, 2020 May 04, 2020

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Absolutely. A dumbed down version....

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7d2e557k4cye1ef/ShapeBuildIssue.ai?dl=0

 

Thanks! 

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May 05, 2020 May 05, 2020

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Thanks for sharing that. The problem seems to be that the large construction is a Compound Shape, and the Shape Builder Tool requires simple paths. Go to either the Object menu > Expand Appearance or to the Pathfinder panel and click Expand. The Pathfinder panel flyout menu also has Expand Compound Shape. That should allow the behavior you're expecting.

 

Peter

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May 06, 2020 May 06, 2020

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That did the trick. Thanks for the assist Peter!

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May 06, 2020 May 06, 2020

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Excellent! You're welcome. I'm glad I could help.

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Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021

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Expand appearance is greyed out 

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Jan 27, 2021 Jan 27, 2021

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Could you please start a new thread and provide details about your problem? This thread is marked as having a correct answer, and we have no way of knowing whether or not your question is even remotely similar to the original post.

 

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Peter

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