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How do I flatten this vector logo leaving only the visible black paths?


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Hey guys I've got years of experience with Photoshop but I'm new to Illustrator.

I've followed this simple tutorial to create this logo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y9unghEExw

I want to flatten the image and make only the black lines my vector shape. Is there any way I can do this?

I've tried using the pathfinder but the entire shape goes black, possibly because its reading the White as part of the entire shape? Please advise!

2016/11/10
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11/10/2016 10:12:00 AM

  • Select all

  • Object > Expand Appearance (if available)

  • Object > Expand (click fills and strokes and objects [if available] and then click ok)

  • Click the Merge button on the Pathfinder Panel (note.. the panel not the menu item)

  • Use the Direct Select tool (white arrow) and click something white.

  • Choose Select > Same > Fill & Stroke from the menu.

  • Hit the Delete key.

What this does.....

  • Expands all appearance items so they are objects and no longer dynamic

  • Expands all strokes so they are shapes (fills) not strokes. And outlines any live type/envelopes, etc. (this won't work well if you have gradients or gradient mesh objects -- that's another matter entirely)

  • Combines areas of the same color if they touch and removes any unseen underlying objects (it basically flattens the layers of fills and strokes to just one layer of fills.) It will remove the white areas under the black areas, etc. and make the different areas of color butt up against each other rather than overlap each other.
  • Click to select the color you want removed
  • Selects everything with that same color anywhere in the artwork
  • Removed objects in the selection

Option 2...

  • Select all
  • Choose Object > Flatten Transparency from the menu and move the slider all the way to "vector"
  • Click OK

  • Use the Direct Select tool (white arrow) and click something white.

  • Choose Select > Same > Fill & Stroke from the menu.

  • Hit the Delete key.

The first option generally will let you have slightly more control at times. It kind of depends upon exactly how things are constructed (I didn't look at the tutorial). In the end, for most non-complex art, both methods get you to the same place.

2016/11/10
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11/10/2016 4:51:00 AM