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How to EASILY Connect Edit Points and Close a Shape in Silhouette Studio

If you've ever tried to fill a Silhouette Studio design and it won't fill, it's likely you have a break in the edit points indicated by two red dots. The problem is sometimes the edit points A) won't appear 2) just won't connect. Fortunately, there is a really easy fix!

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Let's say you drew a shape using the freehand or line tools.

Silhouette studio troubleshooting fill color won't fill edit points

It probably looks like the lines are connected...but if you zoom in really close there's a tiny, tiny space somewhere. If you double click to get the edit points to close the gaps, you can't.

The problem is the design is not a compound path.

The fix is simple! Select around the entire design.  Right click and Make Compound Path.

make compound path can't fill.tiff

Now because it's a compound path, you can double click the design and access the edit points. Note the red dots (which indicate breaks in the path). Simply click each one to close the break.

broken path.tiff

Once closed, the red dots will become gray square edit points...

click to fix broken path.tiff

 And now your design is not only closed, but fillable with a solid fill, gradient, or pattern.

broken path fixed filled.tiff

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