I have two paths and I want them to be exact in one line.

I tried to do this by hand, but this not exact - there is an overlapping area between the two paths. How can I change that?

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I'm using Adobe Illustrator CC 2015.

  • Search for path operations, or the pathfinder. Have you tried subtract one shape from another?
    – Luciano
    Jul 26, 2016 at 10:18
  • But this is really not what I wanna do. It should like a country, each country has his border - the border to cross the other country. No no-mans land. It's working perfectly with a vector point - when you create a new one over an existing one, it said "anchor". I want the same function here for this "border".
    – tokuimo
    Jul 26, 2016 at 14:51

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Here is one thing that could work: picking one of the two overlapping segments and simply deleting it so the other stands alone.

  1. Find the Scissors Tool on your Tools Panel. If it isn't showing up, look for either the Eraser Tool or the Knife, then right-click it to reveal the options for that Tool Panel slot. The Scissors Tool should appear in a small menu. Here are the icons for CC 2016, which should be similar to what you're looking for...

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  1. Pick one of the two segments that you would like to keep. Find the path associated with that segment, and then select the other path.
  2. Choose two points on this path for making your cuts. Everything on this path between those points will made into a separate path (on a separate layer).
  3. Select this separate path and delete
  4. OPTIONAL: Grouping the remaining paths, so that they will stay in the same place relative to each other.

Hope this helps!!

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