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I have a G and an arrow. I want the arrow to act as the horizontal portion of the G. I have it lined up but when I apply effects I want then to act in one. For example If I apply a 3d effect I want the arrow and the G to go 3d and look like one object not two.

how do I combine the G and the arrow (created on a path) into one object using Illustrator CS4?

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I must say that this question cannot be called useful altogether. Combining shapes is a basic in Illustrator and not knowing that shows lack of research. –  DYNSTy Aug 27 at 4:23

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First you will have to convert the arrow from a path / stroke into a shape object. Do this by selecting Object -> Path -> Outline Stroke.

Open the Pathfinder palette (Window -> Pathfinder) and with the two items selected alt-click on the Unite button - it’s the first one that looks like two squares united into one.

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when i converted the path into a shape object i lost the arrow heads. the arrow heads were added by using effect > Stylize > Arrow heads –  user677 Feb 18 '11 at 17:52
OK - with the line selected go to Object > Expand Appearance. This will create a separate shape for the arrowhead. You should then make the (headless) line a shape using Outline Stroke, giving you three objects. Then alt-click the Unite button to unify the three shape elements. –  duncmc Feb 18 '11 at 18:01
Thanks Man. I was using "Make Compound Path" to united two objects but when outlining them with stroke, it appeared around all the objects. But with Pathfinder>Unite I just have one object to work with. +1 –  Jawad Aug 12 '12 at 2:05


Always do this with objects selected.

I hope this could help.

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You can also try the shapebuilder tool after outlining the stroke

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