I have an ongoing need to automate creating a continuous outline of multiple vector shapes, e.g., circles. and for it to result in only one object (as opposed to grouped multiple objects)
The manual process involves:
breaking the objects at intersecting lines,
deleting the interior sections,
and then joining the resulting shape.
Please see the attached Canvas file illustrating the kind of thing I need to do.
This is how it's done in Canvas Draw for Mac, but I'm sure it's the same for Windows; select all the circles, click on the Effects menu and choose Combine... In the window that opens, choose Add or Outline.
Kohanmike is correct. That's exactly how it works in Windows.
Thanks so much; this is exactly what I need to know!
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