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Make an object into a path

New Here ,
Jun 28, 2023 Jun 28, 2023

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So I've created a shape on Proceate and have now opened it in Illustrator. I have traced and expanded the image but its showing as an object and not a path. I want to be able to edit and tweak this but I don't know how to make it one single path. Why is it now a shape with a stroke and fill? I just want it to be one single path like it was in Procreate.

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Jun 28, 2023 Jun 28, 2023

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You can tell image trace to attempt to create strokes rather than filled areas in the tracing options:

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I wouldn't expect too much of the result, but it might work for you depending on the nature of the image.

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Thank you

So is the best way to do this to create it in Illustrator? 

It's strange how a path converts to an object when exported from Procreate 

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There is no conversion of paths into objects happening here. Procreate exports raster images, which Illustrator's image trace attempts to re-draw. It doesn't know that you intend these shapes to be paths.

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Jun 28, 2023 Jun 28, 2023

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This thread includes the Stroker action by Kurt and a solution for raster to vector stroke by kphotopage, either or both of which might help,

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/merge-outlines-to-1-solid-stroke/m-p/12955568...

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/merge-outlines-to-1-solid-stroke/m-p/12956621...

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Jun 28, 2023 Jun 28, 2023

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If you want clean, precise results the best thing to do (IMHO) is use Illustrator's Pen tool (and possibly other tools in the tool set) to re-create the shapes. Auto-tracing filters such as Live Trace and Live Paint are good for "quick and dirty" results. Sometimes that's good enough. In other cases it isn't. I would lock the raster-based image from Procreate on one layer and then create a new layer above it. The Procreate image can be a guide for manually tracing and building new, clean paths.

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@Bobby Henderson  schrieb:

 Auto-tracing filters such as Live Trace and Live Paint are good for "quick and dirty" 


 

Live paint has got nothing to do with tracing.

It's about building. And I would strongly disagree about it being just there for quick and dirty solutions.

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