I have been experiencing issues with net ties on altium. I am trying to join my separated analog and digital grounds at a single point (star ground) and I tried creating a net tie component to act as a large joining trace for my GND plane and my separated ground polygons
The green arrows show where I am trying to add the ties. I have a few problems however:
I create them with smd pads, so there is no solder mask on them. I tried messing around with the tie's properties but no luck, I cannot add solder mask to cover the copper!
The clearance between the pads is also an issue. I technically need to short the 2 pads to make the rectangle net tie I want in my pcb library component, so Altium will tell me there is a collision between the 2 pads from different nets once I place it.
How may I correct these 2 issues?