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Delete/remove duplicate paths

New Here ,
Feb 16, 2011 Feb 16, 2011

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Good morning

I have a file based on an imported dxf. It seems to contain all the paths twice (at least), which is making the file huge (~30Mb).  Is there a quick method of selecting/removing these duplicates?

Many thanks

Lindsay

Spec. Illustrator CS5, Windows XP Pro.

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Explorer ,
Feb 16, 2011 Feb 16, 2011

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I am not sure if there is an easy way in Illustrator. I use a CAD program that has a function for eliminating overlapping lines. If you want, email me the original DXF file, and I will email you back a DXF file that has the overlaps removed. You can send it to ru73atyahoodotcom

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 16, 2011 Feb 16, 2011

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You could try scripts.

Find some here: http://illustrator.hilfdirselbst.ch/dokuwiki/en/skripte/javascript/uebersicht

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Explorer ,
Feb 16, 2011 Feb 16, 2011

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Good tip Monika,

I just tested the script wr-removeduplicates.js from the website you provided.

All you have to do is select the lines you want to check for duplicates, and run the script. My test consisted of 24 overlapping rectangles that were all rotated at 20.49 degrees. It worked great.  Thanks again for the tip.

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Dec 04, 2013 Dec 04, 2013

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Awesome! I've been struggling with this same problem, now I can fix it.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 24, 2014 Apr 24, 2014

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wr-removeduplicates.js script not working perfectly. I have tested but it lefts some duplicate objects.

Any other script, plug-in, technique to remove duplicates?

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Apr 29, 2019 Apr 29, 2019

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Astute Graphics' Vector First Aid plug-in can remove duplicate paths and perform other fixes to imported artwork. It's not perfect, but the plug-in can eliminate a lot of hassles and cut time spent cleaning up artwork.

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New Here ,
Feb 17, 2011 Feb 17, 2011

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Monika:  Thank you!  That worked brilliantly.  Some of those other scripts are going to be useful too.

ru73:Thank you for the offer, but I’m sure the duplication occurred in Illustrator as I was amending paths, rather than in the dxf.

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New Here ,
Apr 15, 2019 Apr 15, 2019

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Here's an easy fix:

Select all of the lines you want to check for duplicates

object > group

Pathfinder > outline

Stroke > 1 (or whatever you want)

object > ungroup

hope that helps!

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New Here ,
Apr 29, 2019 Apr 29, 2019

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Your solution is easiest and perfectest. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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New Here ,
Apr 05, 2021 Apr 05, 2021

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Could you be more expecific? I have a group of 11 shapes that turned out to be 44... When I group them to go outline it goups the all 44. 

May be Im not doing it right...

 

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