I'm totally perplexed by this. The vector path is at a different location and of a different size than the actual shape seen. I'm using CS6. I got this file from a client.

Does this make any sense!?!?

Under normal circumstances, I could proceed as is. In this case, I'm uniting the 4 shapes and then setting it up for digital gold foil stamping. See what happens when I unite paths:

unite paths!?!?

  • PS: Reset bounding box did nothing.
    – GhFan
    Aug 24, 2019 at 16:55
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    Looks like an envelope warp or something. Sort of impossible to figure out with out the file to examine.
    – Scott
    Aug 24, 2019 at 17:34

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Looking at your Layers panel I can see that the 3 groups and the selected vector path has some kind of Appearance effect applied to it. This can be seen by the "filled circles" in the right side of the Layers panel.

You can try to select everything (or one object at a time) and do Object > Expand Appearance to clean up the drawing.

That way the applied effects are "baked" into the path and are no longer editable.

Here is an example. Before expanding:

After expanding:


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