Illustrator 2020 Expand Feature Not Working?

New Here ,
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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I've been working on some icons, and there are certain shapes I need to expand the appearance of so that when shrunken down, the shapes won't change. However, with this new update, I don't have the option to even click Expand Appearance (it's grayed out), and when I click Expand, nothing happens. I believe I was using a 2019 version beforehand, though I've read that 2019 versions have problems as well. 

 

Has anyone figured out a solution, or know which one of the older versions still has the feature functioning?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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"Has anyone figured out a solution, or know which one of the older versions still has the feature functioning?"

 

The feature at-large is working, so there isn't anything to figure out.

 

How is the icon (that you're attempting to expand) constructed? If it is just filled paths, Object > Expand will produce no visible result. Can you post a screen shot with the object(s) selected and the Layers panel in view?

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New Here ,
Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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Hi @Rishabh_Tiwari and @John Mensinger , actually, I currently have the same issue than John, what I am trying to expland is a 3D extruded circle, see my screenshots attached, what steps I might be overloonking? Same thing: "click Expand Appearance (it's grayed out), and when I click Expand, nothing happens."

Even selecting Path > Outline Stroke doesn´t seem to work.

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New Here ,
Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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Hi! just found it, was looking in the wrong section, it should be:

Object > Expand Experience, referencing screenshot.

Thank you all! @Rishabh_Tiwari @John Mensinger 

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. Please ensure that the object you wish to expand should be selected and the layers should not be locked.

 

Regards

Rishabh

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Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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Is this happening just on one document or with all documents created? If just the one document then make sure that nothing about each icon is either locked or hidden. If it is happening universally then you may need to trash preferences.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 07, 2021 Dec 07, 2021

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How do we trash preferences safely for Illustrator? My expand appearance in 2022 is now not working. Was fine for last 10 years until now. I tried installing the oldest version Creative Cloud would let me, and it isn't working in that one either. I use this function literally every day and can't figure out another way to get stroke to turn into shapes.

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Dec 07, 2021 Dec 07, 2021

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Please show the object you want to expand (selected) together with the Appearance panel.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 07, 2021 Dec 07, 2021

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I found out what it was. My art had to have Compound Path released. FACEPALM

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Dec 07, 2021 Dec 07, 2021

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What kind of object are you trying to expand? If you just want shapes from a stroke, Expand Appearance won't do anything, but Object > Expand... will.

Or Object > Path > Outline Stroke

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 07, 2021 Dec 07, 2021

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 Yes thank you. I realize Expand Appearance won't do that task. Expand is not working. And also Object Path Outline Stroke isn't working. There is no mask either on the object. I've deleted the Illustrator prefs as well, reinstalled, and still can't get this white filled shape with white outline, to turn into a shape. Perplexed.

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My art had to have Compound Path released. FACEPALM

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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This is happening to me now! I tried uninstalling and installing a new version and still doesnt work! Did you find a solution?

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New Here ,
Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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Same for me. I can see expand option greyed out. Does anybody know what's going on?

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