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Expand Appearance is not consistently available even though I am using Effects>Distort>Transform to create symmetrically drawn mandalas. Why the inconsistency? Sometimes it's there, and sometimes not, although all the drawings are created in the same manner.

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Expand Appearance not consistently available ...

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Expand Appearance is not consistently available even though I am using Effects>Distort>Transform to create symmetrically drawn mandalas. Why the inconsistency? Sometimes it's there, and sometimes not, although all the drawings are created in the same manner.

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I moved your post to a better forum, to the Illustrator forum as your other posts are in this forum.

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Thank you.

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Exactly how do you apply the effects? Can you post that?

If you apply them to layers, then you need to target the layer for expanding.

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I tried that thank you, but no success. Obviously I am not able to decifer where Expand Appearance works vs. simply Expand. I set up a layer for drawing in symmetry using Effects>Distort & Transform>Transform. The time it saves and the accuracy are well worth it. But if I want to apply Live Paint later, I have to expand the appearance of the symmetry layer, not just expand it. It worked once for me, but has not since that one time. Unfortunately I am still learning the ins and outs of this program. Thanks.

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Do you target the layer? (click on the target symbol -> circle)

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Thanks for the reply. Yes, I did "target" the layer, but Expand Appearance
was still grayed out. Only Expand was available, and that does not do what
I want.

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Please show screenshots that indicate the structure of the file and what you are doing in it.

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