transform dashed lines into separate (small)lines

New Here ,
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 22, 2010

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I need to transform a lot of dashed (single) lines into separate lines... Who can tell me how to do this in a few clicks. I don't need an outline of the dashed line. So the black dashes I need, the white in between the dashes I want to loose.

A little complicated to explain... See the example. I need the second lines.

Afbeelding 2.jpg

Kind regards, Ellen

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New Here , Jan 09, 2018 Jan 09, 2018
I know this is an old post. Just to share my method. I found the best solution for this problem :1- create a single line i.e. 12pt long 1pt thick2- make a pattern brush from the line3- In pattern brush options dialog box, put 50% in spacing box.4- apply the pattern brush to your desired shape.5- you can still adjust the gaps in spacing box and hit apply to stroke6- You can also change stroke weight !7- go to object -> expand appearance.Done !Hope this will help.- Tolyn

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Jul 22, 2010 Jul 22, 2010

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Object --> Expand.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 23, 2010 Jul 23, 2010

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Object Expand (Stroke) gives you this:

dash.jpg

Not quite what the OP was asking for.

Is there another way?

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New Here ,
Jul 23, 2010 Jul 23, 2010

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I used a trick and waiting now to see if production will accept...

I gave the lines a weight of 0.0001 pt... and then used expand transparency.

Hopefully it works!!!

Thanks for the replies.

Ellen

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LEGEND ,
Jul 23, 2010 Jul 23, 2010

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Don't use a Dash stroke. Use a Pattern Brush consisting of a short open path. Widen the Brush's invisible tile path to create the desired gap relative to the dash lenght. Apply to paths, then Expand Appearance.

JET

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New Here ,
Apr 20, 2013 Apr 20, 2013

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I have the same problem.

In the CS6 there is one method for separate one dashed line into many single lines?

http://forums.adobe.com/servlet/JiveServlet/showImage/2-2995179-35054/Afbeelding+2.jpg

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 20, 2013 Apr 20, 2013

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Same as above. Use Object>Expand or Expand Appearance. If Expand Appearance is the choice offered, then use it and then Object Expand.

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New Here ,
Apr 20, 2013 Apr 20, 2013

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I think that you have not understand the problem.

Schermata 04-2456403 alle 21.29.49.png

If I expand line by (object->expand) the result are not many lines, but many filled forms.

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Mentor ,
Apr 20, 2013 Apr 20, 2013

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MaurizioRR wrote:

I think that you have not understand the problem.

Schermata 04-2456403 alle 21.29.49.png

If I expand line by (object->expand) the result are not many lines, but many filled forms.

Maybe "you" dont understand the suggestion that JET / Larry gave? It accomplishes what you show in your example (IMHO)? Have you tried it?

ExpandPatternBrush.png

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Jun 24, 2014 Jun 24, 2014

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I know this is an old topic, but I'm still looking for a good solution to this. Using the pattern brush works if you're not concerned with accuracy. I'm converting engineering drawings for a very particular (government) client, and the dashed pattern of long and short dashes as well as the line weight has to be exact. There just doesn't seem to be enough control of the pattern using the pattern brush. And like the OP, I don't want expanded objects.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 30, 2015 Oct 30, 2015

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So I found an easy way to do it.

1. I just made the dashed line to have a stroke of 0.0001 pt thick

2. then hit Object>Path>Outline Stroke and it worked perfect.

Took 2 seconds.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 30, 2015 Oct 30, 2015

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That would give you a set of double paths. If you direct select one of the dashes (click on a path) and drag you will see that you have got a thin filled rectangle.

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New Here ,
Dec 23, 2015 Dec 23, 2015

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Actually - under CS 2015 a .0001 pt line seems to work.

The resulting paths are closed but only 2 points each so not rectangles.

You can check visually by applying a round endcap (as opposed to corner).

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New Here ,
Jan 04, 2016 Jan 04, 2016

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I tried the method (set stroke thickness of 0.0001, and then use boject -> Path ->Outline Stroke) and it works fine.I am using Illustrator CC 2015.2.0 Release

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Jan 04, 2016 Jan 04, 2016

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Still not addressing the issue. It's still a set of stroked paths, not a line of single strokes.

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New Here ,
Feb 09, 2016 Feb 09, 2016

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If you want to make a straight line I have a work around and I'll brake it down step by step as follows:


1. Start with single stroke. i.e. 12pt long 1 pt thick.

2. Option drag the same stroke where you want it to end. (now you have two strokes)

3. Go to Object:Blend:Blend Options and change it to specified steps and fill in how many little strokes you want in between the two you already made. (not the total but the number of little strokes you want in addition to the two you already have)

4. Go to Object:Blend:Expand

5. Done.



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New Here ,
Feb 09, 2016 Feb 09, 2016

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I forgot a step after 3. You have to goto Object:Blend:Make.

Sorry Guys

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New Here ,
Mar 30, 2016 Mar 30, 2016

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Thanks Ace!  That worked perfectly!

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LEGEND ,
Mar 30, 2016 Mar 30, 2016

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If you want your blend to follow a curve you can use the Replace Spine feature.

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Feb 10, 2017 Feb 10, 2017

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Thank you!

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New Here ,
Apr 21, 2015 Apr 21, 2015

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It's somewhat of a PITA if you have a complex shape with lots of dashes, but I figured out how to do this:

Start with your dashed line:

1.jpg

Copy and past the line in front so it's in the exact same spot
Turn it back into a solid line (I like to change the color to make it easier to see) and send it to the back:2.jpg

Outline the stroke of the dashed line only, select both objects, and then in the Pathfinder menu, choose "Outline" (the second to last option):

Untitled-2.jpg

Go into isolation mode (or ungroup) and select all the lines you want, cut them, delete the ones you don't need then paste the lines you want back in:

Untitled-1.jpg

You now have lots of separate vector lines that form one large dashed line:

3.jpg

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Jan 15, 2016 Jan 15, 2016

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Make a line for example 5mm --> make a pattern brush from line. Select the the other line and apply the brush on it. After this at Stroke menu apply a dashed line and last expand appearance.

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I know this is an old post. Just to share my method. I found the best solution for this problem :

1- create a single line i.e. 12pt long 1pt thick

2- make a pattern brush from the line

3- In pattern brush options dialog box, put 50% in spacing box.

4- apply the pattern brush to your desired shape.

5- you can still adjust the gaps in spacing box and hit apply to stroke

6- You can also change stroke weight !

7- go to object -> expand appearance.

Done !

Hope this will help.

- Tolyn

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Feb 06, 2018 Feb 06, 2018

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This is the best solution! Thank you.

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Mar 15, 2018 Mar 15, 2018

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only with blend option....after expand.

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