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Convert a Mesh Object back to a Regular Path Object (Adobe Illustrator)

Have a gradient mesh object that you want to use Pathfinder tools on? Well too bad! You can’t. But you CAN convert a mesh object into a regular path object by going to Object > Path > Offset Path and typing in 0 for Offset path (even if it’s already zero). Illustrator will create a copy of the object as a regular path. The mesh object will be preserved.

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  1. Ian Ruff
    2011/11/22 at 1:53 am

    That was a great tip! the inability to convert the mesh to a path was driving me nuts.

  2. Nixter
    2013/08/16 at 1:07 am

    Thanks it works!!!!!!!

  3. loo
    2013/10/27 at 3:12 am

    alright second the 1st comment!

  4. anton
    2013/11/29 at 10:34 am

    thanks, very helpful

  5. 2014/01/31 at 4:29 pm

    It really works hahah

  6. Monica Moultroup
    2014/05/03 at 4:20 pm

    By doing this will the effects of the gradient remain so that you can then draw over it?

  7. 2015/05/13 at 8:03 pm

    I got stuck when I needed to make a clipping mask. This tip saved my hide!

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