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How to make a pattern into a compound path in AI

Explorer ,
Mar 19, 2015 Mar 19, 2015

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I am brand new to AI so please bear with me if this is a very simple question, but I just cannot figure it out. I have about 200 .eps black and white seamless patterns. I have added a few of them to the swatches area so I can fill shapes with my patterns. I can do that no problem. But what I want to do is make the finished patterned-filled shape into a compound path so I can save as an svg and import into my vinyl cutting software. Can anyone explain how I would do this?

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LEGEND , Mar 19, 2015 Mar 19, 2015

If simply saving it as SVG does not work, do this:

  1. Object>Expand
  2. Deselect all
  3. Select>Object>Clipping Mask
  4. Delete
  5. Select all
  6. Object>Flatten Transparency>Accept default settings (this will eliminate unwanted groups)
  7. Object>Compound Path>Make

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LEGEND ,
Mar 19, 2015 Mar 19, 2015

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If simply saving it as SVG does not work, do this:

  1. Object>Expand
  2. Deselect all
  3. Select>Object>Clipping Mask
  4. Delete
  5. Select all
  6. Object>Flatten Transparency>Accept default settings (this will eliminate unwanted groups)
  7. Object>Compound Path>Make

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Explorer ,
Mar 21, 2015 Mar 21, 2015

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Saving as an svg does not work. I just get the image without any cut lines (anchor points) in my outside software.

When I select Object>Clipping Mask, my only option is Make.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 21, 2015 Mar 21, 2015

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Are the EPS patterns vector paths? An EPS may contain raster images.

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Explorer ,
Mar 21, 2015 Mar 21, 2015

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Yes, they are vector paths. As soon as I turn it into a pattern and add to my swatches, all the anchor nodes for the pattern go away when adding the pattern to a shape.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 21, 2015 Mar 21, 2015

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The paths do not show, but they are still there.

You need to expand the pattern first.

It would really help if you could show something (layers panel with objects visible needs to be in the screenshot) and tell us exactly step by step what you have tried already and what exactly does not work.

Please do also read the manual about expanding objects.

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New Here ,
Apr 12, 2021 Apr 12, 2021

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I also had this issue the pattern expanded and there was now a path but on the whole board not just in the designScreenshot 2021-04-12 123341.png

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New Here ,
Jul 20, 2016 Jul 20, 2016

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I had the EXACT same question and reason and the first piece of advice worked for me.  I didn't even need to do the final couple of steps.

THANK YOU for your time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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New Here ,
Oct 03, 2018 Oct 03, 2018

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Thanks @ACP your tip did the trick!

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—Mike

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Explorer ,
Dec 05, 2020 Dec 05, 2020

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Thank you for this, even five years later!

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 03, 2021 Sep 03, 2021

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If simply saving it as SVG does not work, do this:

  1. Object>Expand
  2. Deselect all ???
  3. Select>Object>Clipping Mask ???  Doesnt come up or we delete ourselfs
  4. Delete
  5. Select all
  6. Object>Flatten Transparency>Accept default settings (this will eliminate unwanted groups) made numerosu of groups
  7. Object>Compound Path>Make

 

This does not work with Patterns with Vectors that are not flatten.  What is the best method to make a pattern work with Circuts Design space. I have done ghetto workarounds but why should it take 2 hours.

 

Process

 

make pattern on a square/or compound path 

 

If I have more then one layer, which objects when I try to merge, it is just doesn't work sometimes. 

 

 

HELP PLEASE, BEST METHOD!!!!

 

 

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Community Expert ,
Sep 04, 2021 Sep 04, 2021

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Please create a new thread and show screenshots.

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Participant ,
Aug 17, 2022 Aug 17, 2022

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I know thisd is really old but can anyone please elaborate on this answer for me? I am trying to do this very thing right now but these directions are too simplistic for a beginner and don't make sense to me. Thank you.

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Community Expert ,
Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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@California Gold  schrieb:

I know thisd is really old but can anyone please elaborate on this answer for me? I am trying to do this very thing right now but these directions are too simplistic for a beginner and don't make sense to me. Thank you.


Please create a new thread and show what you have.

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New Here ,
Mar 30, 2019 Mar 30, 2019

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I have a lattice pattern I have created in Illustrator. My vinyl artists needs to be able to change the color of the lattice in her software. When she tries to change the color it creates a solid filled rectangle rather than just changing he color of the lattice. I am working in illustrator CC2019 and I get the same result she does when I try to change the fill color from the fill color panel in the tool bar.

I tried following these steps but when I select my lattice and go to OBJECT - EXPAND is greyed out. However, I do have EXPAND APPEARANCE. Once I select EXPAND APPEARANCE, EXPAND then becomes available however following the rest of the steps doesn't yield what I need.  I need help figuring out how to get this in a format so she an take the EPS file and be able to change the fill on the lattice color.

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New Here ,
Jul 29, 2020 Jul 29, 2020

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I have these same 2 problems.

 

- I want to create a pattern that includes my own design pattern fills within it, but when I follow the steps above and get to delete clipping mask- the pattern is no longer constrained in my shape and it gets very  messy. I then have to pu the pattern behind and trim each one, which takes too much time.

- I also want to be able to change a pattern colour easily, but I find I have to go to the original drawing-> recolour artwork-> pattern-> make     for something that seems it should be so simple!

 

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Community Expert ,
Jul 29, 2020 Jul 29, 2020

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Which problem exactly do you have? This thread is about SVG files.

And also: please show.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 11, 2021 Jul 11, 2021

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Right. I should be able to recolor a GD pattern without having to go through 40 steps.

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Community Expert ,
Jul 11, 2021 Jul 11, 2021

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Select an object and fill it with a GD pattern.

Select Edit > Edit Colors > Recolor Artwork.

Change the colors and click OK to get a new GD pattern.

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New Here ,
Nov 21, 2022 Nov 21, 2022

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Apply any FX + delete the FX = Done..... Illustrator transforms the pattern into an object to apply the FX....

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 09, 2022 Dec 09, 2022

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  • Select the objects filled with the pattern.
  • Object > Expand.  Check the Fill box, hit OK.
  • Double click the object to get into isolation mode (You'll be in iso mode for the next few steps).
  • Select > Object > Clipping Mask.  Manually deselect the outline of the object you're in using the regular selection (black) arrow.  Delete all the clipping masks that remain (should just be a ton of squares or something like that).
  • Select all, then, once again, deselect the outline of the object you're in using the black arrow.
  • Using the pathfinder, use the add filter to combine all the pattern's shapes into one shape.
  • Then, with the result still selected, make it a compound path (Ctrl/Cmd 8 or Object > Compound Path > Make).
  • Select all, then using the pathfinder again, use the crop filter.
  • Done.  (you can double click out of iso mode, select it and make it a compound path as well...)

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Dec 09, 2022 Dec 09, 2022

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Just a note... Adobe would be well served to make this a one-button command.  It's super useful...

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