## Turn Compound Path Back Into A Path?

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Is there a way to do this? I recall finding a method a while back, but I have long forgtten it. If anyone knows I would appreciate the info.

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## Turn Compound Path Back Into A Path?

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Is there a way to do this? I recall finding a method a while back, but I have long forgtten it. If anyone knows I would appreciate the info.

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Mentor ,
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There are 2 options for compound path:  Make or Release.

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Explorer ,
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I know there's  way to turn a compound path back into a regular path. If anyone knows please let me know. Thanks.

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Hi dcloud! Really messy situation here! I'll comment on that in the latter text. I had the same question as you and the same situation. The answer is not what YOU did to make the compound shape a path again, but how AI interpreted it. The thing is, AI can convert/interpret a compound path back to a path AS LONG as that shape does not have holes in it. E.g.: let's take 6 and G. Now, G, you can make from several shapes let's say, merge, trim, whatever and it will be (converted to / seen as) regular path, because it doesn't have holes. Whereas 6, has a hole in it and will never become a path. Probably, what got us to the conclusion that you can turn a compound path to a path is that we only happened to merge and cut shapes without holes and that's how the memory remained. other examples (because I'm too lazy to draw a picture): paths: W E T Y U X vs compound paths: O P A D.

It really bugged me also that people didn't understand the issue, but this only prooves that it doesn't matter how many tech issues you solved or who you are, a carefull look at a problem, and a kind attitude towards another is the key. to a good community. Cheers!

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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And the options are in Object>Compound Path.

markerline and I presume you mean The Original Paths rather then A Path.

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Explorer ,
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Anyone?

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Mentor ,
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You're kidding, right?  Have you tried using the steps Mr. Bugge and I outlined above?  Look into your Layers palette to verify that your path is no longer a Compound Path after taking those steps.

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Explorer ,
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I'm sorry, but what steps? All you said was "There are 2 options for compound path:  Make or Release" and "options are in Object>Compound Path." I see no options in Object>Compound Path to turn it back into a regular path, and Make or Release does not do what I wanted. I don't want a shape/object split up into multiple objects, I just want it to turn into a regular path.

Maybe I'm not explaining it right.

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LEGEND ,
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 d.cloud wrote:Maybe I'm not explaining it right.

You aren't.

If you have multiple paths, they are either one object seen as a compound path, or multiple objects seen as multiple paths.

You can not have multiple objects seen as a single path.

And I have no idea what "regular path" means.

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Ok....say I have an object which is a compound path, but now I want to turn it back into a path (regular path, whatever). Regardless of how many components are in the compound path I know there is a way to turn it back into a path - just one single path. I've done it before when I was taking an Illustrator class at LVSOnline, but I forgot how I did it. I thought someone here might know.

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LEGEND ,
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To release a compound path you select the object and choose Object > Compound Path > Release from the menu.

That will result in a path for each area of the compound path. The ONLY way to release a compound path and get one path is if you started with one path before making the compound path. If there is more than one component in the compound path you will ALWAYS, under all circumstances, get more than one path when releasing the compound path. That's the way Illustrator has always worked.

That's essentially what everyone here has posted. If you don't believe the experienced users... good luck!

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Explorer ,
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I never said anything about not believing anybody. I simply stated that at one time I knew how to expand a compound path back into a path (one single path), but forgot what it was. Like I said, I thought someone here might know. If someone does come along and knows how to do this I would appreciate the info.

Thanks.

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LEGEND ,
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You dont' seem to understand... you are asking how to do what has NEVER been possible in Illustrator. What you want has NEVER existed. You are mis-remembering what it was you did apparently.

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d.cloud,

What happens if you:

1) Select the Compound Path,

2) Apply the Object dropdown list from the top of the screen, mouseover Compound Path, follow the right arrow and click Release?

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Explorer ,
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The compound path separates into however many paths were originally used to make up the compound path.

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d.cloud,

Is that what you want, or how is it different?

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Explorer ,
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I answered this already above. Look, I know you guys don't know how to do this so why not just leave it alone and perhaps someone will come along who does know how to do it.

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Mentor ,
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Maybe what you did to turn multiple objects into A SINGLE path object was to use the Pathfinder Object and use Weld but especially if they are not intersecting paths that only results in a GROUP, not a single path.  (Please do not belittle such contributors as SW and Jacob Bugge who have several thousand posts and have obviously helped people in the past come to solutions about issues they were facing with software)

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LEGEND ,
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Someone here is talking out of the back of his neck.

A compound path is 2 or more paths or objects that have been united together to make "holes" (like for example the counter of an O).

Here's an example:

When you release a compound path you are in exactly the same place as you were before you made it: Two (or more, depending on the number of "holes") separate objects. Unless you grouped them beforehand they're all loose from each other and can be played with as you like.

So Jacob and Associates should be listened to.

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Explorer ,
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Nope, it wasn't Weld. And I never belittled anyone here, so I don't know where you got that idea.

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Mentor ,
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 I answered this already above. Look, I know you guys don't know how to do this so why not just leave it alone and perhaps someone will come along who does know how to do it.

This is what you wrote above in response to Mr. Bugge . . . . if This isn't belittling, I don't know what is "Why Not Just Leave It Alone and perhaps Someone Will Come Along Who Does know how to do it".  Do you really think these forum members would have spent their time trying to help you if you give this type of response?  Think again carefully about how you choose your words.

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I'm not going to dignify this with anymore responses. This is just getting stupid now. If you take that remark as belittling then I don't know what to tell you. There is nothing belittling about it. I was simply saying hey, look, I'm not getting the answer I came here looking for, so let's move along. Which is just what I'm going to do now........

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 d.cloud wrote:I'm not going to dignify this with anymore responses.

Sweet!

 This is just getting stupid now.

Sure is, but do you know who patient zero is?

 If you take that remark as belittling then I don't know what to tell you. There is nothing belittling about it.

It was certainly seen as belittling by at least one person here who tried to help you and has fully and completely answered your question.

 I was simply saying hey, look, I'm not getting the answer I came here looking for, so let's move along. Which is just what I'm going to do now.......

You did get the answer you came here looking for, several times. You just didn’t get the answer you wanted.

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If the Release method is not achieving what you need, perhaps try selecting individual paths within the object, then cut (command-X) and paste in front (command-shift-f) or paste in back (command-shift-b). Then each will be a separate path. Or you could try ungrouping after using the Release method. Hope this helps.

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LEGEND ,
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d.cloud

Don't worry about it, we are not infalable.

I believe you want to either expand the compound path, flatten the transparency or use the Unite filter in the Pathfinder panel.

And you are correct they do not understand because thoughg you stated it correctly it is not the way the expect it to be stated,

I did not read all of this since so if someone made the above suggestions and they did not work then I might also be misunderstanding you as well.

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Mentor ,
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I mentioned WELD above when I should have used the term Unite.  Weld is a process that is similar to Unite but is found in CorelDraw.  I mixed my programs up.  But in any case what you suggested still results in multiple paths or grouped multiple paths.  I think the user wants a single Path object for everything on the ArtBoard in question.

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LEGEND ,
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I think the user's been drinking.

And it's oh so nice for Wade to come in an insult everyone, without even reading the thread.

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Explorer ,
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Thankyou that worked for me

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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You are welcome, guitar uk.

And thank you for reviving a good old thread.

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I think you meant flattening all compound paths into just 1 path, where the visible overlapping paths become one.

Here's the solution:

1. Select the Compound Path.
2. In the Pathfinder Tool, click "Trim". Now you have one path.

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this is what he was looking for from the begining .
and me too . thanks .

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THANK YOU! This is definitely what he meant! Never been possible eh? pffft

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Participant ,
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I suspect we have a troll ...

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