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Ok, so this might seem a simple enough task to anyone, but I'm really struggling.

I have 50-60 of these patterns. All made up from a number of paths (these are not joined in anyway and have gaps in between them at some points.

I basically need my end result to be one complete outline of the shape which I can fill in with a colour, the end result being something like this:

What's the easiest way to achieve this?

My first attempt took my almost 20 minutes, I had to first join the paths where they meet 1by1 (Nightmare) Then removing the paths from insdie the shape one by one (Nightmare) Then creating a compound path Filling in the shape with a colour black

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This is what happens when I try the Ctrl + J to join just the outside paths:

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I have used Join tool, but this is a huge task as there is probably 40-50 gaps between the paths. im trying to avoid this...

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    Do you use the "Join tool" to stitch the paths? – Mikael Carlsson Feb 21 at 15:38
  • When trying to use Command/Ctrl-J.. make certain the paths are part of any group.. and that you have the entire path selected (no "hollow" white anchors.. all solid square anchors). It should work given these two things. – Scott Feb 21 at 17:53
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  • Select all the outer path of a shape and press Cmd + J Mac or Ctrl + J Win to join the points.
  • Press Shift + X to invert stroke color/fill color to diferenciate it from the open paths.
  • When all the shapes are done, use the Magic Wand Tool to select all the paths with just stroke color and delete them.

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  • Hi Daniello, thanks but I seem to have this problem when I try that ill update post above!. – Sam Caunt Feb 21 at 15:59

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