I used cmd+J for two perfectly symmetric shapes to join them (points are tied to the pixel grid and that shapes are close to each other with no space between). Works fine if we'll use fill color. But something weird happens when I set the stroke: enter image description here

How to merge / unite two shapes in Photoshop to avoid that? I found only one way to fix that: overlap one shape over another, but it won't work if we'll have more complicated shapes.

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The way you merged the shapes (width Cmd+E I would assume) is just fine. It just needs another step. You merged 2 shapes into one, but your shape still contains 2 separate paths

You need to have one of the shape tools active. For example Path selection tool A. And obviously the correct shape layer.

In Path operations, choose Merge Shape Components.

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  • Thanks! I don't know how I didn't notice it for years.
    – Semerukhin
    Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 12:18
  • @Semerukhin These things happen. If I remember correctly, it used to be a separate button in cs3.
    – Joonas
    Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 12:29

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