I have a lot of overlapping paths that I need to unite. The red square needs to be removed on all of the paths.

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However, the unite tool won't work due to the paths just being lines and not closed shapes. I really need something that will do the trick since I have hundreds of these squares. What can I use instead? Thanks!

  • So, why can't you just use closed shapes to make the pattern? Then Pathfinder Unite would work just fine. – Billy Kerr Sep 24 '18 at 23:40
  • @BillyKerr the paths that they would have to end at were curved. It would have been really hard to go about that (by the methods I know of, anyways) – HoneyPhantomhive Sep 24 '18 at 23:51

• Select all the lines

Shape Builder Tool > holding Alt to delete drag over the lines that has to be removed

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  • This just made all the paths into one compound path and didn't remove the inside of the squares. – HoneyPhantomhive Sep 24 '18 at 23:03
  • Ok, the question is not that clear in this case, what squares should remain and which ones should disappear? To release a compound shape: Menu Object > Compound Path > Release. By the way, there are not any square at the image. – user120647 Sep 24 '18 at 23:08
  • The red area needs to be removed. imgur.com/a/S0BcPWq – HoneyPhantomhive Sep 24 '18 at 23:14
  • @HoneyPhantomhive Although there would have been a easier workflow that would have eliminated this entire step. Is theimage what you actually wanted to do or a proxy of what you wanted to do? – joojaa Sep 25 '18 at 7:28

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