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Illustrator: Expanding Blend Mysteriously Changes Shape

May 1, 2013 2:28 PM

Tags: #illustrator #expand #tool #object #objects #blending #expanding

Hi all!

 

My name is Alexis I have a blending problem (hiiii Alexis...).

 

Okay, seriously, I've used the blend tool to make a series of lines between two other lines; I need to expand everything so that the whole thing becomes a fill-only object (no strokes):

 

- I expand it (Object > Expand; Object box checked, Fill box checked, Stroke box checked) and the object becomes strokes-only (no fill at all)

 

- I expand it again (Object > Expand; Object box greyed out, Fill box checked, Stroke box checked) and the object becomes fill-only (yay!) except the shape of the lines has changed (boo!). Unchecking the stroke box and leaving only the Fill box checked seems to have no effect, the object remains stroke-only).

 

What's going on here?

 

I've made a diagram to explain my problem a little better in case I haven't been clear enough: http://tinypic.com/r/6pqbyc/5

 

Please and thank you!

 

A

 
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    May 1, 2013 2:51 PM   in reply to alexisbarattin

    Try: Object >> Path >> Outline Stroke on B

     
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    May 1, 2013 8:06 PM   in reply to Mike Gondek

    Mike, I see the same distortion as Alexis whether with Expand or Outline Stroke:

    Artwork-1.png

    Peter

     
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    May 2, 2013 2:39 AM   in reply to tromboniator

    I can't replicate this issue. My blends look exactly the same when expanded.

     
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    May 2, 2013 6:47 AM   in reply to alexisbarattin

    This is a shot in the dark, I admit, but;

     

    After you expand the first time, while the shapes are only strokes, what happens if you try Object > Path > Add Anchor Points before expanding the second time?

     

    It really shouldn't make any difference, but I've seen cases where it does.

     

    --OB

     
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    May 2, 2013 7:29 AM   in reply to alexisbarattin

    Glad I could help.

     

    --OB

     
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