4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 21, 2010 4:41 AM by Shenzi1

    decreasing number of paths in a shape whilst retaining visual appearance?

    Shenzi1 Level 1

      hello to all


      here i have created an interesting shape by the usage of an art brush applied to the stroke of a polygon. I expanded it's appearance to make it further editable, but unfortunately, it now has a great many paths and loads extremely slowly. The two images show you how illustrator has plotted it [second is outline only].






      here is my question;


      how do i retain the visual complexity of this shape but remove as many superfluous paths underneath it as possible? i'm tired of pretty things that crash my illustrator


      i was considering rasterizing and live tracing it again, but i think i may loose some of the detail.


      what would you suggest?


      thank you kindly