In Adobe Illustrator, I need to combine multiple compound paths and paths into a single object or shape
I have a floorplan diagram which consists of over 100 different paths and compound paths. I need to combine all of these elements into a single shape layer.
I have tried selecting all of them and using both the "Unite" and "Merge" options in the Pathfinder window. This didn't work. I have also tried "Make Compound Shape." Not only does this not create a single shape layer, it also messes up the drawing by creating blocks of color where there were none before.
I have even tried a hack workaround by copying all of these paths and compound paths in Illustrator, pasting them into Photoshop, and creating a single shape layer out that, which I could then copy back into Illustrator. The trouble is, as soon as I click "combine," Photoshop freezes and crashes. I guess the shape just has too many points for it to handle. It's too large a file.
What can I do to create a single shape layer?
A picture would help but I would try the Shape builder tool. It's very useful for complex shapes.