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    Default Converting AI lines to shapes

    I purchase a lot of clip art from Shutterstock.com for various projects.

    The files, most of which are created in Adobe Illustrator, are fine as long as you don't get too tricky. The problem is the shapes are actually lines.

    So if you try to apply a bevel or join the shapes the results are a dog's breakfast. That is a total mess.

    You can select these "line" shapes then switch to the Shape Tool, press Tab (which goes to the first node of the line) and hit Enter and the line becomes a shape.

    But for the image attached, it is a nightmare because of all the shapes. Here's a faster way I discovered.

    Select the image and from Arrange select Break Shapes. The largest shape comes to the front. Send it to the back and give all the shapes an outline so you can see them.

    Select all the objects, switch to the Shape Tool. press the Tab key and hit Enter.

    This converts all the lines to shapes in one operation. I cannot tell you how many times I have done this one line at a time.
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    Default Re: Converting AI lines to shapes

    Quote Originally Posted by gwpriester View Post
    This converts all the lines to shapes in one operation. I cannot tell you how many times I have done this one line at a time.
    Gary, wait until you do it by accident for 100 lines and then try to undo your error.

    It certainly highlightls the lack of a proper Undo History list.

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    Default Re: Converting AI lines to shapes

    I edited this post. I figured out what I was doing wrong.

    I did not know you could covert lines to shapes like you showed Gary.

    Now if I just can remember it for next time.

    Ray
    Last edited by RKissane; 06 September 2019 at 03:12 PM.

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    Default Re: Converting AI lines to shapes

    Ray, the technique for closing an open path has been around since day one. And with some of these shapes, using the Shape Tool then Tab and trying to see where the selected point is is almost impossible because of the huge number of control points.

    Acorn, I think there could be a better AI import filter that recognizes un-closed shapes and closes them automatically would help.
    Gary W. Priester
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    Default Re: Converting AI lines to shapes

    pity xara does not allow a choice of winding rule which would make this 'filled shape from line' [as opposed to 'convert line to shape'] function more useful generally...
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    Default Re: Converting AI lines to shapes

    Quote Originally Posted by gwpriester View Post
    ...I think there could be a better AI import filter that recognizes un-closed shapes and closes them automatically would help.
    Those AI files may not actually be un-closed shapes if opened in AI or CD, etc.

    I myself have only had this issue in Xara products when the source is from a stock site.

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    Default Re: Converting AI lines to shapes

    Interesting shape:
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    Egg

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    Default Re: Converting AI lines to shapes

    Quote Originally Posted by Egg Bramhill View Post
    Interesting shape:
    Would have liked that GIF much more back in the 1960s/1970s...

    Pretty cool, Egg

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    Default Re: Converting AI lines to shapes

    What were you smoking back then Mike?
    Egg

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    Default Re: Converting AI lines to shapes

    Dude!
    Gary W. Priester
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