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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?

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marked as duplicate by Scott, Saaru Lindestøkke, Vincent, Benteh, Darth_Vader Mar 19 '14 at 13:40

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is this related to scripting illustrator or simply using it's interface ? – George Profenza Mar 11 '14 at 19:58
Just using its interface. – dsimms Mar 12 '14 at 20:13
StackOverflow is for questions about programming. Perhaps you could ask this question on the SuperUser stack exchange site? – user1118321 Mar 14 '14 at 4:14

A picture would help but I would try the Shape builder tool. It's very useful for complex shapes.

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