Outlining dot patterns in Illustrator


I have a logo created with a dot pattern clipped by a mask. Is there anyway to outline that pattern as is without losing its look? I design for custom engraving and the laser machine needs to read each dot or lines in order to create it's shape--right now, it's only shaped by the clipping path.


3/9/2016 9:39:00 PM

Assuming your 'dot pattern' is a grouped grid of circle shapes, do the following:

  1. Select your clipping path
  2. On the Pathfinder panel click Trim, Merge or Crop. If you want to retain the background as a shape, use Divide.
5/8/2016 11:36:00 PM

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