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all the results i have looked for ..... i get the results of how to convert strokes to outline...... i am looking for a solution- how to convert outlined shapes into one single stroke.

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Burhan,

 

As I (mis)understand it, you can you can use a 1 step blend (can be used for varying width) as follows, depending on whether there are end segments to be deleted between the two halves of the closed path (Smart Guides are your friends):

 

1) Object>Blend>Blend Options, set Spacing to Specified Step with 1 step (that will prepare the right blend);

2) Copy the closed path and save the original path elsewhere or lock/hide it (always keep a copy of artwork you are going to destroy);

For a path with one or two (possibly straight) end segments to be deleted:
3) With the Direct Selection Tool Click, for each end path segment first deselect by Clicking an empty spot and then press Delete (that will give you two paths forming the (possibly curved) halves;

4) Select everything and switch from Fill to Stroke in the Toolbox (that will give you stroked paths (and you can see what you are doing));

5) First deselect by Clicking an empty spot and then with the Pen Tool Click one end Anchor Point of one of the paths if they are apart, otherwise just click one end Anchor Point (it will be the path on top), in order to reverse its direction, you may have to redo at the other end, see below;

6) Select everything and Object>Blend>Make;

If no middle path appears:
7) Ctrl/Cmd+Z to Undo 6), then redo 5) clicking at the other end, then redo 6), now the middle path should appear;

If the middle path fails to fit midway between the two parts:
8 ) Ctrl/Cmd+Z to Undo 6), then add one or more Anchor Points on either or both paths to get the best possible fit of corresponding Anchor Points, then redo 6):

9) Object>Blend>Expand, then Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+G to Ungroup, then hide or delete both the original paths (that will give you the stroked path midway between the paths), then set the Stroke Weight as desired (you may use variable width).

 

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outline filled objects to single stroke

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all the results i have looked for ..... i get the results of how to convert strokes to outline...... i am looking for a solution- how to convert outlined shapes into one single stroke.

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Correct answer by Jacob_Bugge | Most Valuable Participant

Burhan,

 

As I (mis)understand it, you can you can use a 1 step blend (can be used for varying width) as follows, depending on whether there are end segments to be deleted between the two halves of the closed path (Smart Guides are your friends):

 

1) Object>Blend>Blend Options, set Spacing to Specified Step with 1 step (that will prepare the right blend);

2) Copy the closed path and save the original path elsewhere or lock/hide it (always keep a copy of artwork you are going to destroy);

For a path with one or two (possibly straight) end segments to be deleted:
3) With the Direct Selection Tool Click, for each end path segment first deselect by Clicking an empty spot and then press Delete (that will give you two paths forming the (possibly curved) halves;

4) Select everything and switch from Fill to Stroke in the Toolbox (that will give you stroked paths (and you can see what you are doing));

5) First deselect by Clicking an empty spot and then with the Pen Tool Click one end Anchor Point of one of the paths if they are apart, otherwise just click one end Anchor Point (it will be the path on top), in order to reverse its direction, you may have to redo at the other end, see below;

6) Select everything and Object>Blend>Make;

If no middle path appears:
7) Ctrl/Cmd+Z to Undo 6), then redo 5) clicking at the other end, then redo 6), now the middle path should appear;

If the middle path fails to fit midway between the two parts:
8 ) Ctrl/Cmd+Z to Undo 6), then add one or more Anchor Points on either or both paths to get the best possible fit of corresponding Anchor Points, then redo 6):

9) Object>Blend>Expand, then Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+G to Ungroup, then hide or delete both the original paths (that will give you the stroked path midway between the paths), then set the Stroke Weight as desired (you may use variable width).

 

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Which version of Illustrator are you using?

 

Also, can you share a sample .ai file?

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Burhan,

 

As I (mis)understand it, you can you can use a 1 step blend (can be used for varying width) as follows, depending on whether there are end segments to be deleted between the two halves of the closed path (Smart Guides are your friends):

 

1) Object>Blend>Blend Options, set Spacing to Specified Step with 1 step (that will prepare the right blend);

2) Copy the closed path and save the original path elsewhere or lock/hide it (always keep a copy of artwork you are going to destroy);

For a path with one or two (possibly straight) end segments to be deleted:
3) With the Direct Selection Tool Click, for each end path segment first deselect by Clicking an empty spot and then press Delete (that will give you two paths forming the (possibly curved) halves;

4) Select everything and switch from Fill to Stroke in the Toolbox (that will give you stroked paths (and you can see what you are doing));

5) First deselect by Clicking an empty spot and then with the Pen Tool Click one end Anchor Point of one of the paths if they are apart, otherwise just click one end Anchor Point (it will be the path on top), in order to reverse its direction, you may have to redo at the other end, see below;

6) Select everything and Object>Blend>Make;

If no middle path appears:
7) Ctrl/Cmd+Z to Undo 6), then redo 5) clicking at the other end, then redo 6), now the middle path should appear;

If the middle path fails to fit midway between the two parts:
8 ) Ctrl/Cmd+Z to Undo 6), then add one or more Anchor Points on either or both paths to get the best possible fit of corresponding Anchor Points, then redo 6):

9) Object>Blend>Expand, then Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+G to Ungroup, then hide or delete both the original paths (that will give you the stroked path midway between the paths), then set the Stroke Weight as desired (you may use variable width).

 

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