I am using the basic graphics line pattern swatch as a fill on several shapes.
I need to convert those individual lines to vector.
How can I do that?
Try using Object>Expand. Then trim the result.
I can't seem to get that to work, I am sure it is my fault..!
Can you take a look at this and see what I am doing wrong?
I am sending this to be printed on a banner, and their software does not show the vector pattern fill..
There's another pattern applied in your design: the back diagonal stripes are also a pattern.
That is correct, there is a white stripe layer with the diagonal pattern vector fill, and a black stripe layer with the diagonal pattern vector fill. I need all of those as vector shapes on their own layer (white, black, and blue on the bottom layer).. Possible?
You need to expand them as well use the same method as above.
When I select the white stripes layer and use object->expand, the new white stripes are thinner than the pattern fill stripes. You can see that here with the white stripes over the non-expanded black stripes. Is there a way to keep them the same thickness as the pattern fill?
This an RGB document.
Turn off align to pixels.
Then try again.
Do you mean 'align to pixel grid'?
It is not checked now.
With it still off, I object->expand(ed) again and the same thing happened.
You could try and go a different way.
Instead of using Expand, try and select all and then:
Object > Flatten transparency.
I can't see that flattening the transparency does anything at all.
I guess I will just have to re-create the pattern shape-by-shape.. arg..
Thats what I just had 2 do, so fustrating that the pattern tool wont work for paths is odd conidering illistrator is used for paths!
What do you mean - the pattern tool doesn't work for paths?
I made a path then put it in swatch list then added that swatch 2 my outline and now its not path its just a pic then when i follow steps above the pattern always turns out wrong or missing items from pattern
Can you perhaps post examples?
It's not clear at all what you are doing and what you are expecting to happen.
This is not a sufficient answer. Correct steps below.
Here's what worked for me:
Object > Expand
Object > Flatten Transparency
Object (or right click shape) > Ungroup
Object (or right click shape) > Release clipping mask
Select only the stripes (not the clipping mask outline) then Object > Compound Path > Make (or command+8)
Then select both the stripes and the clipping mask and use Pathfinder > Intersect
Now the shape is a vector you can fill with any colour.
A lot of steps but definitely better than drawing all the stripes by hand!
Nice! I had to swap the "Ungroup" and "Release Clipping Mask" steps but great step-by-step 👍 Thank you!
Perfect! Thank you 🙂