Making multiple vectors one single vector in Illustrator

I have a company logo in vector repeated multiple times to make a pattern/background. I want to apply a halftone to it, but to do so I need to make all the repeated vectors into one single vector. I have tried all of the pathfinder options with no luck and making a compound path messes up the logo (fills in the hole in the “a”). Does anyone know how to accomplish this?

Thanks!

Answer

Select all and use Pathfinder > Merge.

This will combine all shapes which are the same color and touch.

Afterwards, you may have undesired white objects. Simply select one white object and choose Select > Same > Fill & Stroke and hit delete.

Based on the comments below, I need to highlight this method….

  • Select all
  • Group
  • apply a new fill via the Appearance Panel
  • set that fill to be a gradient
  • If needed, drag the new fill above the contents item in the Appearance Panel

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