How to Remove Gaps Between Two Objects in Illustrator

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How to Remove Gaps Between Two Objects in Illustrator
The "Merge" tool allows designers to remove small gaps between objects in Illustrator. (David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images)

If you have ever used Illustrator to try to make two separate objects look like they are connected, then you know the frustration that occurs when you notice a small gap. These gaps are often inevitable and sometimes almost invisible, but can drive a graphic designer up the wall. Fortunately, there is a simple way to merge separate objects together, ensuring that any small gaps will be removed.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select and group the objects with the gap you want to remove. To group, hold down shift and select all objects using the white "Direct Selection" arrow.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the "Effects" panel. Choose the "Pathfinder" menu.

  3. 3

    Select the "Merge" tool.

  4. 4

    Zoom in on the objects using the "Zoom" tool to ensure that the gap has been filled. The "Merge" tool works by filling the gap with the same colours directly around it, so it is important to look closely and make sure that the tool filled the gap completely and is using the correct colour scheme.

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