How to clean up your glyph drawing in Adobe Illustrator

Images exported as SVG from Glyph Drawing Club are a bit messy, but cleaning up the files is fast and easy. Follow these steps:

Export as SVG
Export as SVG

  • Export your glyph drawing as .svg
  • Open the .svg in Adobe Illustrator
  • Select the Selection Tool (V) and press Cmd + a to select everything
  • Open Pathfinder window (Window -> Pathfinder)
  • Open Pathfinder options which you find by clicking the hamburger menu icon

Open pathfinder options
Open pathfinder options

  • Make sure "Remove Redundant Points" is checked, click OK

The precision number should be left at default
The precision number should be left at default

  • Click Merge (make sure all paths are selected) TWICE and then close Pathfinder window

Click the merge button twice!
Click the merge button twice!

Make the background transparent (optional)

  • Click off canvas, and select the Direct Selection Tool (A)
  • Click on any white area, and go to Select -> Same -> Fill Color

This selects all shapes that have white fill color
This selects all shapes that have white fill color

  • Hit delete or backspace

She's a happy clean dog now
She's a happy clean dog now

  • Your drawing is now cleaned up with a transparent background!

From here it's easier for you to make adjustments to the paths and use the vectors in production.