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How to: Combining shapes but get rid of dozen editable paths?


Pixel8r

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Hi All.

I've created a logo in Photoshop by using 14 shapes. My goal is to combine these shape to one perfect master shape that I can fill and export to Illustator for vectorizing to pdf. My problem is when I combine these paths it creates one shape but all overlapping paths are included. What I like to see is only outline and cutout/subtract paths (no overlapping paths). Is this possible?
 
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IamSam

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Yes. Highlight all shape layers, duplicate, merge. If you see overlapping paths on merged layer hit Command + H.
 

Pixel8r

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Well, I figured this out by myself.

1) select all shape layers and merge (in layers)
2) choose path selection tool (black arrow icon)
3) select all overlapping layers: click every shape individually edge of the path cmd + shift (select all one by one)
4) select path operations from top (two boxes together icon) > merge shape operations
5) you're done - you have perfectly combined shape with no overlapping or what so ever
 
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IamSam

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Works both ways, depends on how many steps you want to add in there! :rofl:
 

Pixel8r

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Works both ways, depends on how many steps you want to add in there! :rofl:

That's true. What ever works, man...

Actually I finished my work in Illustrator by using pathfinder tool. But it's nice to know how to do this in Photoshop where I usually do all my prework if the end product is vector based.
 

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