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How to create vector stripes in Illustrator


Question

I made a bar graph in Illustrator using Pattern Swatches for the diagonal stripes:

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In Illustrator, this looks perfect and saves as a vector. However, this graph is going to be published, and apparently Pattern Swatches are problematic for some types of publishing (sometimes the pattern simply drops out, or fills solid, or even changes color).

Is there an easy way to make stripe fill like this without using Pattern Swatches?

2013/07/18
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7/18/2013 7:16:00 PM

  • Fill with a pattern
  • Object > Expand

Then if you want.. Pathfinder > Crop

It's no longer a pattern, but individual objects in a group.

expand

(Optical illusion.. those are perfect squares, even though they look skewed. :) )

2013/07/18
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7/18/2013 7:43:00 PM