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Expanding problem in illustrator

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Mar 01, 2023 Mar 01, 2023

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When I look in outline mode behind my swatch there is a grid of boxes over my design. How do I get rid of this because it causes problems 

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Mar 01, 2023 Mar 01, 2023

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So you applied a swatch to a shape and then expanded it? Was that a pattern swatch? If yes: then this is as designed. The boxes are clipping masks.

If it should have been just a solid color then most probably you created it the wrong way. In order to create a color swatch, do not drag an object into the swatches panel.

 

Expanding a pattern and cleaning up afterwards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUxEJKAzQKo

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Mar 01, 2023 Mar 01, 2023

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A Pattern Swatch expanded?

This is normal behaviour, you need to manually remove them.

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Please show what you mean and be specific about the problems it causes.

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Mar 01, 2023 Mar 01, 2023

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Hello @AliceChute,

 

I'm glad you reached out for assistance. Could you please describe the specific workflow you're trying to set up and share a screen recording (https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/screen-record-an-issue-on-windows-amp-macos-f...), that would be very helpful in allowing us to provide the most effective assistance possible? We're here to help you, and we appreciate your patience as we work together to resolve your issue.

 

Thanks,

Anubhav

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