Using Illustrator CS6 to create shape out of multiple paths


I am very new to Illustrator, in fact I am only experimenting with it in an attempt to help my friend develop a logo for a new business venture. I managed to draw out the shell of the logo using the line tool and modifying the lines with the anchor tool to get the shape I wanted.

However, I would like to somehow take all of these paths and create one object, or symbol which I can then apply a drop shadow, fill and various other effects too. Currently when I try to do this I get unwanted effects...

I'd appreciate any help on the subject.

The group of paths I want to convert to object/shape

7/3/2014 9:12:00 AM

Accepted Answer

Without an overall image to view, the best I can offer is....

  • Select all
  • Grab the Live Paint Bucket Tool
  • Click once to create a Live Paint Group
  • Choose a swatch color and click an area to color (like a bucket fill in Photoshop)

This will essentially create whole shapes out of the mish-mash of lines. When you're done coloring, you can click the EXPAND button on the control panel to expand the Live Paint Group and allow you to edit individual portions of the artwork.

In the future, you may want to shy away from the Line Tool in Illustrator to construct entire images. That's not really the proper tool. You should be using the Pen Tool to create shapes.

2/20/2014 9:16:00 AM

You can also use the pathfinder in much the same way, I am very fond of the pathfinder tool. If you select all, and go to the pathfinder and click Unite it will combine all the paths to one, single path.