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I have a complex shape created with the Pen Tool from a vendor (some shapes have strokes, others don't -- and they all combine to create one final shape). I need to convert the shape into an OUTLINE so that I can pass the file to my woodcutter to cut out the shapes on a piece of wood plank. How can I make the outlines? Thank you!

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can't you just select the shape, give it a outline and then turn the shape white or something? – Daisetsu Jul 29 '10 at 0:25
No, she's saying it's made up of multiple elements, some strokes, some fills and AI scales them differently. A significantly complex graphic would make individual object adjustment non-trivial. She needs some kind of "flatten" or convert stroke to fill. – hyperslug Jul 29 '10 at 0:49
Perhaps, select all, Object -> Path -> Outline Stroke? – hyperslug Jul 29 '10 at 0:53
Or maybe Window -> Pathfinder, select all. In the Pathfinder window, Pathfinder -> Shape Modes -> Alt-Click, then Pathfinders -> Outline. – hyperslug Jul 29 '10 at 1:07
up vote 1 down vote accepted

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Thank you! That worked! Now I have to clean up the drawing my deleting portions of the image. Thank you! – Fiona Jul 29 '10 at 5:43
very nice! this is what I was looking for thanks! – CommentLuv Sep 18 '13 at 14:06

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