How can I convert to a custom shape in Adobe illustrator


In illustrator I can convert a selected shape to another shape by the Effect > Convert to Shape option. Now I need to convert to custom shapes, e.g. some shapes created myself. Is there any way to do that?

2/22/2013 1:49:00 PM

Accepted Answer

You can do so using the Copy To Multiple Objects script from the awesome


  • Create your artwork, and the thing(s) you want to convert into that artwork.
  • Bring the artwork to front, and group it
  • Select the artwork and the things you want to convert to it
  • Run the script

It takes all the selected objects, and turns each one into whatever shape or group is at the top of the selection, maintaining the size and position of the original.

Also, if the thing at the top of your selection is a symbol, the converted shapes will be instances of that symbol too - so editing one can edit all of them at once.

It's great for things like complex diagrams - you can get the layout roughly right with appropriately sized blobs, then make your icons, labels etc, then just magically swap them in.

2/22/2013 9:04:00 PM