Expanding and separating paths


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Expanding and separating paths

In this movie, we are going to take that Live Trace object that I created previously here inside of Illustrator and we are going to expand it into a collection of path outlines so that we can gain full control over our newly minted piece of vector-based artwork. I've saved my progress as Live Trace flag art.ai. I am going to start things off by selecting this Tracing object here inside my layers panel. So I'll go ahead and expand open the images and then I'll meatball this tracing object to make it selected. Then I'll go up to the Expand button and click on it and that goes ahead and converts the Live Trace object into a collection of static path outlines, meaning that I can't edit the Live Trace object numerically anymore but I can adjust each and every path outline to suite my exacting needs.

Now, notice that the path outlines appear inside of a group. That doesn't help me out at all. So I am going to go up to the Object menu and I am going to choose the Ungroup...

Expanding and separating paths
Video duration: 8m 43s 14h 53m Intermediate

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Expanding and separating paths provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Deke McClelland as part of the Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

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Design
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Illustrator
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