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How to combine two paths in Illustrator


Question

Is it possible to combine an open path and a closed path in Illustrator?

I want to take these two paths:

And combine them to make a box like this, except I don't want the points of the diamond-shaped path to extend past the left and right side of the other path:

2013/01/03
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1/3/2013 12:53:00 AM

Accepted Answer

No. It's not possible. Each anchor point in Illustrator can only contain and in and out path. You can not have 3 paths using the same anchor point.

You could expand the strokes and then combine shapes, but you can't combine strokes.

A better method would be to draw the outer shape as one path, then inner paths separately rather than trying to combine paths to create the outer shape....

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2013/01/03
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1/3/2013 12:59:00 AM