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I'd like to know if what I do is the correct process for what I want to achieve. I created some paths to draw the strokes of an illustration (a helmet).

As these strokes are paths, and they can't be merged together, so I decided to use the expand function of illustrator. This way, I could merge all the paths and have something clean.

The only 'issue' is the fact when I use this function, it generates a lot of useless anchors points.

I want to also mention that I used the 'width tool' on these paths, to give some thickness at some places before expanding. I mention this because I noticed it doesn't create as many extra anchors points when I expand without using the widthtool.

I tryed to use as well the simplify tool but that doesn't give nice result.

So finally, is there a good workflow to expand paths? Should I have managed this differently?

Here is a picture to show you what I mean:

The isssue I'm pointing

The color of the helmet is given by a simple shape placed behind the stroke. Once again, as a 'noob' with illustrator I'm not sure I did it well.

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you can use Object->Path->Simplify tool after using expand command. it will decrease the number of anchor points accordingly to your settings –  Ilan Feb 2 at 11:13
    
I tryed this, but it doesn't give a good result... Do you think the way I drew my strokes, is the way you would have done it ? I'm maybe trying to find solution where there is no need to find one, I mean, Is it totally incorrect to leave the paths not connected ? Sorry if these questions might sound stupid... –  Geoffrey Feb 2 at 11:34
    
Personally I delete anchor point only if they make my paths not smooth, so in your case I'd leave the work as is %) –  Ilan Feb 2 at 11:48
    
Thank you for your input. It enlights me a little bit, :) I don't know why but I had in mind to merge them all (paths) and optimize the anchors, as I had heard in the past that was "important". –  Geoffrey Feb 2 at 12:27
    
Illustrator simply has a habit of doing this. It's been complained about for years. –  Scott Feb 2 at 17:20
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Astute Graphic's InkScribe (Smart Remove Point) should do a great job on beautifully cleaning those points. Here's their page: http://www.astutegraphics.com/software/inkscribe/

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