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Create non compound shapes in Illustrator CS6

Feb 22, 2013 2:46 AM

I need to convert an autotrace shape into a pattern i can use in cad. The problem is part of it is a compound path which will not work.


In cs3 i would have just used pathfinder used minus front expanded and had a final path, but now i just get another compound path. Saw the tip on pressing the alt key but still get a compund path.


Please help as Illustrator seems to have tooka step backwards.

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    Feb 22, 2013 12:22 PM   in reply to bhbarchitectslich

    Moved from the Creative Cloud to the Illustrator forum. They will be able to help you here.

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    Feb 22, 2013 1:52 PM   in reply to bhbarchitectslich

    Live Trace in a pain in the rear end compared with Streamline.

    Streamline produced orderly stacks whereas Live Trace produces compound paths that are difficult to edit.


    Start off by tracing with Ignore White checked.

    This should give you a single set of paths as opposed to the duplicate paths you get when Ignore White is unchecked.


    When you have expanded the trace, release compounds. Everything will go black. Don’t panic.

    Ungroup and send the outermost path to the back (bottom of the stack) and colour it pink-or-something.

    Now set about colouring everything else.

    Check that you have got everything by turning off the preview. There may be bits behind other bits that should be in front of them.

    Live Trace can produce illogical stacking when compounds are released - you have been warned!

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    Feb 22, 2013 1:55 PM   in reply to Steve Fairbairn

    With Image Trace in CS6 you have a choice.. compound paths or stacks...




    Simply use the stacked option and retrace.

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    Feb 22, 2013 2:34 PM   in reply to [scott w]

    In my version it’s called Live Trace and looks like this.

    Difficult to use half decently and there is no stack option. Maybe someone has listened to my rumblings :-)

    Picture 2.png

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    Feb 22, 2013 3:36 PM   in reply to Steve Fairbairn

    Image Trace in CS6 is rewritten and not the same as Live Trace in earlier versions. They are essentially two different features which perform similar tasks, but they aren't the same.

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