Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I've got multiple paths which, together, create a single sprite in Illustrator. I'm trying to merge the paths in order to apply a gradient to the whole thing; however, Pathfinder does nothing, and just joining the paths closes open paths and gives me unwanted, and very visible, jagged edges. Is there any other way to combine multiple paths to make them act as a single object, or apply a gradient to multiple paths as if they were a single object?

share|improve this question
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Have you tried using compound paths? Select all of your paths that you'd like to combine, and select object -> compound path -> make. Alternatively, the keyboard shortcut is cmd+8 (ctl+8 for windows) This will definitely allow you to apply the gradient across the entire set of paths.

share|improve this answer

Using Adobe Flash, you can break apart vectors and when ungrouped they automatically combine to form one vector. I still use Flash to this day because of simplicity such as this, and it still a great tool for quickly manipulating vectors.

share|improve this answer
Welcome to the site! While Flash may help the OP please be advised he asked to do it in Illustrator. – Darth_Vader May 28 '15 at 17:54
Flash doesn't help me, and I've already accepted an answer nearly three years ago. – Jules May 28 '15 at 21:36

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.