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I'm having troubles trying to figure out how to make a complete object/image with NO pen tool paths or anchors etc...

I have a vector tree... theres lots of completed paths/shapes but still in path form.

How do I get all of them to be 1 solid item so that I can color and then emboss the entire thing? Every time I emboss due to tons of parts it wigs out. LOL!

I've been searching everywhere... Do I need to go through and select each little complete path... and outline it?

End goal: Still technically a vector object but 1 solid object able to be filled and then embossed. I can do it all in PS lol!

Thanks in advance, ~ Jonny

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"with NO pen tool paths or anchors etc..."

that is not possible.

Off-hand I'd say select everything and click the Unite button on the Pathfinder Panel (Window > Pathfinder)

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An alternate approach would be to group the objects and add effects using the Appearance panel on the group. –  George C Feb 23 '13 at 15:32

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