Dealing with OPEN PATHS in Illustrator in 2 steps

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

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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.

Photo credits: Burcu Arat Sup.

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Thanks for the script and tutorial


Wow. Thanks for posting this. Helpful.


or you could just use this FREE plugin:


Its ok for now, thank you very much. If I have any problem I will look for you.thanks again.


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.:)


Thank you very much for the script! and link!


I did it but I can't close now! help?


nice, cool you added pictures, much easier to explain
please link back to my blog where I am explaining it, that would be better




i am mentioning it here
10 stock blog
if you like i can ad a link back to your profile or as you wish


I found it on a Japanese website
there was not any creator name there or if so it was in Japanese:))
so I don't know who created it.


is this script created by you or from someone else? as i want to mention it on my website


I put a new close paths script, please try this one instead of old one if you downloaded earlier one already.


Thank you for the script.


hmm, strange, I never had that, email me from my web site please


I've tried it...bit, after that closingpopenpaths script everything went under one layer, I've lost all the groups I've I doing something wrong?


Thank you so much! I'm just learning Illustrator, and spend days to make something!!!!
I already knew the first strep, but not the second. I hope I've instaled it properly. Wish you all the best!E.

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