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Tudor Applen
reduce many Illustrator paths to one, import ONE mask to After Effects
on Jun 8, 2006 at 6:36:07 am

Let me preface by admitting Illustrator ignorance.

I've laid out 90 parallel lines in Illustrator by:
Drawing two parallel paths, then using the blend tool to create the in-between paths. I "expanded" the blend object into 90 discrete paths, then joined 2 ends at a time on opposing ends to end up with a long "S" shape. Problem is, when I copy and paste the "one" path into After Effects, it still sees them as separate, and makes a bunch of masks/paths rather than just one. I've tried "combining" in Illustrator, but that doesn't seem to work. (I admit to being a bit lame with Illustrator.) Thoughts?


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Mike Gondek
Re: reduce many Illustrator paths to one, import ONE mask to After Effects
on Jun 12, 2006 at 8:34:56 pm

Ok I got it you connected the endpoints to make a zig zagging z shape. Sounds like you may have. I hate to suggest stariting over, but it really is only 2 steps to recreate:

Draw a vertical line
Filter >> Distort >> Zig Zag (size: 100 pt, ridges per segments: 90)


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