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I'm trying to connect these two but I can't figure it out. I want the left shape to continue it's line and have it's curvature and naturally connect to the right side.

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This is a rough example of the output I'm looking for:

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How many ways are there for me to do this?

EDIT: It's ok if they can't be technically connect but look like they are.

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You will need to expand the stroke to join it to a shape. You can not join stroked paths with shapes. You can only combine shapes with shapes.


Start with the shape and stroke....

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Line them up....

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Select only the stroked path portion and choose Object > Expandfrom the menu.. and then simply hit the OK button for the pop up dialog window. This will convert the stroked path to a filled shape which can then be joined with the existing shape.

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Select both objects and then grab the Shape Builder Tool. Click-drag with the Shape Builder Tool across both shapes to combine them....

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You can't technically.

Shapes and paths are two different concepts in Illustrator and you cannot combine a square with a line for instance. Even if your square looks like a normal line, it is not a line and you can't edit a line-looking shape like you edit a normal path (line).

This can only work if both objects are either shape or line. In your case specifically, you need to manually redraw the ornament shape on the left using paths.

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You can't do that directly because the shape is a closed path, but the line is just a stroke.

A workaround is to convert the stroke to outlines first by doing Object > Expand, to turn it into a closed path. Then move it to overlap your shape, select both shapes, and in the Pathfinder, hit the Unite button.

  • The Object > Expand solution is interesting and it works on one side. but if I want to do it on the other side ( which I didn't show in the screenshot ) everything inside the expanded line becomes filled with black. – xperator Oct 4 at 16:32
  • @xperator - it would depend on how the part we can't see is constructed. Is it a stroke or is it already a closed path? Expanding a stroke will fill it in - i.e. it will become a filled shape. – Billy Kerr Oct 4 at 16:39

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