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Best way to flatten colored art into line art?

Dec 5, 2012 11:53 AM

Hi All! Not sure how to properly explain this ... but if I have an illustration that I created where objects are overlapping eachother, what is the best way to get just the oulines with out a lot of copy/paste/knock out? It takes a while and to me it seems there should be an easier way. I've attached a pic to help explain what I'm talking about.

Using CS5 on windows 7


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    Dec 5, 2012 12:13 PM   in reply to Gex14286

    Select All


    Object > Expand Appearance (if avaialble)


    Object > Expand


    Pathfinder > Merge


    Draw a no fill, no stroke rectangle and then choose Select > Same > Fill & Stroke


    Hit Delete


    [ At this point the artwork should look identical to where you started, even though it's constructed differently. ]


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    Apply stroke, and fill (or remove fill if desired)

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    Dec 5, 2012 2:18 PM   in reply to Gex14286

    Glad that worked


    There are cases where you may need to expand the artwork more than once. For example if you've used brush strokes, patterns, or symbols, that may take some extra care when expanding.

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