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Exporting vector files as one file

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Jun 25, 2020

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Hello! Very new to Illustrator, so I'm hoping all you knowledgeable folks can help.

 

My end goal is to create a custom "crayon" art brush for Adobe Animate, so I need to find an image of a crayon stroke and then export it as one vector file. The frustration has been intense.

 

I downloaded a "crayon" vector file from the internet, which includes a bunch of different crayon strokes of various sizes and styles, all made up of little shapes (paths?). When I select one of the strokes, it highlights all these different shapes and I export them as svg and eps vector files with no problem. I then drop the vector file into Adobe Animate.

This is where the frustration comes in. The vector file imports in as a grouped object, made up of all those little shapes as "paths". Neither the object nor any of the shapes grouped inside are able to be converted into a custom art brush.

I've tried "joining" the paths of those little shapes that make up the crayon stroke inside Illustrator, but it comes up with a warning window that tells me they're "invalid objects". I've tried merging the objects, but the same problem presents itself as before when I try and import into Animate. I've tried everything my limited knowledge of Illustrator allows to no avail.

Can anyone help me understand how to export a vector file so when I import it it's just one simple vector object?????

Thank you in advance

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

It looks like making them into a compound path might help.

Select them and Object > Compound path > Make

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Exporting vector files as one file

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Jun 25, 2020

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Hello! Very new to Illustrator, so I'm hoping all you knowledgeable folks can help.

 

My end goal is to create a custom "crayon" art brush for Adobe Animate, so I need to find an image of a crayon stroke and then export it as one vector file. The frustration has been intense.

 

I downloaded a "crayon" vector file from the internet, which includes a bunch of different crayon strokes of various sizes and styles, all made up of little shapes (paths?). When I select one of the strokes, it highlights all these different shapes and I export them as svg and eps vector files with no problem. I then drop the vector file into Adobe Animate.

This is where the frustration comes in. The vector file imports in as a grouped object, made up of all those little shapes as "paths". Neither the object nor any of the shapes grouped inside are able to be converted into a custom art brush.

I've tried "joining" the paths of those little shapes that make up the crayon stroke inside Illustrator, but it comes up with a warning window that tells me they're "invalid objects". I've tried merging the objects, but the same problem presents itself as before when I try and import into Animate. I've tried everything my limited knowledge of Illustrator allows to no avail.

Can anyone help me understand how to export a vector file so when I import it it's just one simple vector object?????

Thank you in advance

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

It looks like making them into a compound path might help.

Select them and Object > Compound path > Make

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It looks like making them into a compound path might help.

Select them and Object > Compound path > Make

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