With the help of VectorFirstAid we can automatically rejoin paths, remove unnecessary compound paths and unpainted paths, and remove duplicate art. We can also close barely-open paths and filled unstroked paths, axis-align paths and convert objects to Dynamic Shapes. In today's article, you'll learn about the functions that perform these actions.

 

The Rejoin Paths function is intended for reunification of the path segments, the endpoints of which coincide or are located at a distance of the specified tolerance. Segment rejoining occurs automatically after clicking on the Rejoin Paths button in the VectorFirstAid panel (Window > VectorFirstAid > VectorFirstAid panel).

 

You can also start this function by choosing Rejoin Paths in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel. In order to set the tolerance, choose VectorFirstAid Preferences in the fly-out menu and then set the desired value for the Rejoin Paths Tolerance. Here you can also specify whether or not you want to combine the paths with different styles, different directions and variable width strokes.

 

The Rejoin Paths function is often needed for work with vector objects, which are obtained by exporting from 3D and CAD applications.

The Remove Unnecessary Compound Paths function is designed for converting the compound path, the shape of which is single-contoured into a simple path. To start this function, select the appropriate command in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel or turn on the document checkup by clicking on the Check Document button in the panel. After that, the number of unnecessary compound paths will be shown in the Checkups Results list. To convert them into common paths, click on the Fix Selected or Fix All buttons.

 

The Remove Unpainted Paths function is designed to remove paths that do not have a fill and stroke. To start the feature, select the appropriate command in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel or turn on the document checkup by clicking on the Check Document button in the panel. After that, the number of unpainted paths will be shown in the Checkups Results list. To remove them, click on the Fix Selected or Fix All buttons.

 

The Remove Duplicate Art function is designed to remove objects that exactly replicate the position and shape of the original object, besides this their appearances are exactly the same. It does not apply to objects that have less than 100% opacity and blending modes. To start the function, select the appropriate command in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel, or turn on the document checkup by clicking on the Check Document button in the panel. After that, the number of duplicate art objects will be shown in the Checkups Results list. To remove them, click on the Fix Selected or Fix All buttons.

 

The Close Barely-Open Paths function is intended for closing paths with endpoints that coincide or are located at a distance of specified tolerance. To start the feature, select the appropriate command in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel or turn on the document checkup by clicking on the Check Document button in the panel. After that, the number of close barely-open paths will be shown in the Checkups Results list. To close them, click on the Fix Selected or Fix All buttons.

 

To set the tolerance, choose the VectorFirstAid Preferences in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel and set the desired value for the Open Path Tolerance.

 

The Close Filled Unstroked Paths function is intended to close open paths that have a fill and do not have a stroke. Path closing occurs according to the shape that depends on its endpoint handles. To start the function, select the appropriate command in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel or turn on the document checkup by clicking on the Check Document button in the panel. After that, the number of filled unstroked open paths will be shown in the Checkups Results list. To close them, click on the Fix Selected or Fix All buttons.

 

The Axis-Align Paths function is designed to align the straight-line segments with respect to the horizontal or vertical axis within the specified tolerance. To start the function, select the appropriate command in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel, or turn on the document checkup by clicking on the Check Document button in the panel. After that, the number of axis-alignable paths will be shown in the Checkups Results list. To align them, click on the Fix Selected or Fix All buttons.

 

To set the tolerance, choose the VectorFirstAid Preferences in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel and set the desired value for the Open Path Tolerance.

 

The Convert Objects to Dynamic Shapes function is designed to convert all possible objects that have regular geometric shapes into Dynamic Shapes.

 

To run the function, select the appropriate command in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel. The Dynamics parameters can be easily and quickly managed with the help of the Dynamic Shapes panel of the VectorScribe plug-in, or by using the controls located on the object.

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