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Unwanted paths showing after cropping to make a repeat pattern tile.

Nov 30, 2012 6:09 AM

I'm trying to make a repeat pattern tile (using CS5 on Windows 7), but when I crop the pattern, the expanded paths underneath become visible as on the flowers below.


Repeat pattern problem.jpg


This is what I did after creating the artwork:


  1. Used the rectangle tool to make a box with fill/stroke directly on top of the artboard..
  2. Select all > Expand (selecting stroke only, not fill)
  3. Deselect the cropping box and grouped the remaining objects.
  4. Reselected the cropping box and grouped all objects
  5. Pathfinder > Crop


I'm guessing it may have something to do with the fact I used a gradient on the flowers but have no idea how to resolve it. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.


PS. Please excuse me if this explanation is really poorly worded...I've only ever used Illustrator for fashion technical sketches so my knowledge is pretty limited.

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    Nov 30, 2012 6:39 AM   in reply to KatieLW9

    Why did you draw a rectangle with a fill ands roke?


    Why did you expand only the Stroke?


    Ty expanding both the fill and stroke

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    Nov 30, 2012 4:08 PM   in reply to KatieLW9

    After you expand fill and strokes try making it a live paint grou phen expand and then select the objects outside the rectangle and delete?

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    Dec 1, 2012 11:01 AM   in reply to KatieLW9

    Maybe I am missing what your hoping to accomplish, but I dont understand why your doing all the cropping, cutting, scissors, deleting, etc... to create a repeat pattern?

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