(In Sketch, the app.)

I'm trying to create a shape that is symmetrical on the vertical axis.

I made one half of the shape, duplicated it, flipped the duplicate, then grouped the two together into one object using the Union join menu option.

This is almost what I want, except that when displaying the border for the object, the vertical line where I joined the two objects still appears.

Is there a way to combine the two union'ed vector shapes so that one vector path goes around the outside outline?

I believe the equivalent in Photoshop is the Merge Shape Components option. I can't seem to find the equivalent in Sketch.

thank you


2 Answers 2

  1. Select the layers that you wish to combine.
  2. Press the "Union" button in the tool bar, or from the to menu, choose Layer > Combine > Union. (You already got to this point, of course.)
  3. Layer > Paths > Flatten will merge the shapes into the same path.
  • 1
    This should be the solution, but it doesn't always work for me. Sometimes the paths don't merge. Any ideas?
    – Yorb
    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:31
  • This does not work seem to work for me either.
    – f1lt3r
    Mar 11, 2016 at 14:28
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    Mark Nugent's answer works great under the following conditions: - The shapes overlap somewhere. If they don't, flattening won't do anything. - Make sure the shapes you want to merge are in their own group. No shapes with layer combine type subtract, intersect or difference should be in that group. Hope this helps someone.
    – bramchi
    Mar 31, 2016 at 20:38
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    Bramchi I still do not get the option to flatten when these conditions are met.
    – f1lt3r
    Apr 19, 2016 at 18:15
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    Flatten moved - now you go to Layer > Combine > Flatten
    – inorganik
    Jul 24, 2017 at 22:10

Came here looking for an answer, but stumbled upon the solution myself while working through the one suggested here.

Select your shapes/paths and "Join" them: Layer > Paths > Join.

  • Please what is the difference between Join and flatten?
    – Mensch
    May 12, 2016 at 16:00
  • That's a good question @Kurt. Just based on the results I assume a Join actually combines the shapes into a single shape, while Flatten seems to simply combine them into a multi-layer shape. Hopefully that makes sense.
    – David
    May 14, 2016 at 2:33
  • Join seems to work better for me
    – user69658
    Jun 15, 2016 at 8:17

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