Dealing with OPEN PATHS in Illustrator in 2 steps

posted on 21st of september, 2007

Couple little things you need to know about when creating a vector image, especially if you are going to sell it on stock websites

Here are some tips and tricks for making the best out of your work. Mostly time savers.

OPEN PATHS If you are dealing with open paths, you are in trouble, so try this PLUG-IN from Graffix to FIND THEM FIRST without hassle.

To install this plugin, just drop the plug in in your Adobe Illustrator Plug-ins folder. It works with Adobe Illustrator CS – CS2 and CS3….

What does this plugin do… It actually finds all guides, paths, open paths, closed paths, filled paths, unfilled paths, stroked paths, unstroked paths, dashed paths, undashed paths, compound paths, groups, live object groups, gradient meshes, envelopes, symbols, embedded raster art, and placed art.

It will appear under Select / Object menu.

So after clicking on select open paths, your open paths are selected, now how are we going to close all these paths, here another PLUG-IN to CLOSE THESE PATHS.

This time just drop the plug in in Illustrator scripts folder, it will appear in File/ Scripts menu, and click. All your paths are closed in 2 steps. What a time saver.

Well if you have only couple paths to close just click on the ends of open paths and press CTRL + J to join them, personally I never use this.

Comments (13)

Posted by Boojoo on October 28, 2007
Posted by Screammm on October 21, 2007
Thanks for the script and tutorial
Posted by Asthedreamers on October 20, 2007
Wow. Thanks for posting this. Helpful.
Posted by Msc1974 on October 14, 2007
or you could just use this FREE plugin:
Posted by Icyimage on October 07, 2007
Its ok for now, thank you very much. If I have any problem I will look for you.thanks again.
Posted by Boojoo on October 07, 2007
you did exactly what? did you select the open paths with the script and tried to close them again with the other script I provided, which version of Illustrator are you using, please explain what exactly happened so I can help.:)
Posted by Maigi on October 07, 2007
Thank you very much for the script! and link!
Posted by Boojoo on October 02, 2007
nice, cool you added pictures, much easier to explain
please link back to my blog where I am explaining it, that would be better


Posted by One8edegre on October 02, 2007
i am mentioning it here
10 stock blog
if you like i can ad a link back to your profile or as you wish
Posted by One8edegre on October 01, 2007
is this script created by you or from someone else? as i want to mention it on my website
Posted by Boojoo on September 22, 2007
I put a new close paths script, please try this one instead of old one if you downloaded earlier one already.
Posted by Charon on September 22, 2007
Thank you for the script.
Posted by Boojoo on September 22, 2007
hmm, strange, I never had that, email me from my web site please

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