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Here is the shape itself, just so you have a general reference

Here is the shape itself, just so you have a general reference

I created it with a path tool, but it ended up being two shapes, regardless, they seem to have identical points, the join function doesn't work on either corner

I created it with a path tool, but it ended up being two shapes, regardless, they seem to have identical points, the join function doesn't work on either corner

My actual issue is this - when attempting to fill in the shape, regardless of whether I group it or not, there is a hole in it.

My actual issue is this - when attempting to fill in the shape, regardless of whether I group it or not, there is a hole in it.

I've tried joining, but it doesn't seem to work. Pathfinder creates a path along the same non-existent "edge" that gets filled out with fill.

What can I do to properly consolidate the shape?

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  • There are supposed to be descriptions associated with the pictures, but I can't see them, hopefully you guys can. Commented Nov 19, 2022 at 3:34
  • I moved your image descriptions for you so they could be read by others. (That areas is the alt attribute for web images). You may find it helpful to check here: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/99459/… Seems you may not understand what "join" means or limitations of paths/anchors in bezier drawing.
    – Scott
    Commented Nov 19, 2022 at 4:24
  • Thank you Scott Commented Nov 19, 2022 at 5:32

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Fills only work properly on closed paths. Your design contains some open paths. Grouping won't make any difference. Joining might work if you were creating a closed path, but you can't join a path to another path in the middle of a path like that. Also note this limitation is not specific to Illustrator, but all vector applications work similarly. It's a limitation of using vectors.

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There are several way to work around this problem. Here are a couple.

  1. You could use the Shape Builder tool to make closed paths, then apply fills to each object as normal.

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  1. Or you could select all the pieces and do Object > Live Paint Make, and use the Live Paint Bucket tool (K) to fill the pieces.

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  1. Another method would be to make closed paths which overlap. This is by far the simplest solution, and requires no fancy tools that are specific to Illustrator only.

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