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Pattern fill to vector shape?

Community Beginner ,
Aug 02, 2018 Aug 02, 2018

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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?

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Community Expert , Aug 02, 2018 Aug 02, 2018

Try using Object>Expand. Then trim the result.

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New Here , Sep 10, 2021 Sep 10, 2021

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! 

 

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Community Expert ,
Aug 02, 2018 Aug 02, 2018

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Try using Object>Expand. Then trim the result.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 03, 2018 Aug 03, 2018

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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?

http://www.trinitifx.com/wip/Tartan_for_Banner.AI

I am sending this to be printed on a banner, and their software does not show the vector pattern fill..

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Community Expert ,
Aug 03, 2018 Aug 03, 2018

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There's another pattern applied in your design: the back diagonal stripes are also a pattern.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 03, 2018 Aug 03, 2018

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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?

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Community Expert ,
Aug 03, 2018 Aug 03, 2018

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You need to expand them as well use the same method as above.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 03, 2018 Aug 03, 2018

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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?

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Community Expert ,
Aug 03, 2018 Aug 03, 2018

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This an RGB document.

Turn off align to pixels.

Then try again.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 03, 2018 Aug 03, 2018

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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.

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Community Expert ,
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You could try and go a different way.

Instead of using Expand, try and select all and then:

Object > Flatten transparency.

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Community Beginner ,
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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..

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New Here ,
Nov 03, 2020 Nov 03, 2020

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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!

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Nov 03, 2020 Nov 03, 2020

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What do you mean - the pattern tool doesn't work for paths?

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New Here ,
Nov 03, 2020 Nov 03, 2020

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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 

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Nov 03, 2020 Nov 03, 2020

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Can you perhaps post examples?

It's not clear at all what you are doing and what you are expecting to happen.

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Dec 28, 2021 Dec 28, 2021

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This is not a sufficient answer. Correct steps below.

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Sep 10, 2021 Sep 10, 2021

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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! 

 

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Dec 28, 2021 Dec 28, 2021

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Nice! I had to swap the "Ungroup" and "Release Clipping Mask" steps but great step-by-step 👍 Thank you!

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Sep 12, 2022 Sep 12, 2022

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Perfect! Thank you 🙂

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Mar 15, 2023 Mar 15, 2023

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This is a game changer for me, thank you!!

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