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I have a compound path consisting of 5 shapes.

I have a radial gradient which spans across all of them.

Now I'd like to release the compound path because I need to export each of these shapes individually.

However, when I do release the compound path, the radial gradient is applied to each of them separately.

How can I release the compound path while preserving the radial gradient?

I am using Illustrator CS4.

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You can always Object > Expand the entire compound path. This will leave the gradient's appearance intact, at the cost of editability. –  Vincent Jun 23 at 13:13
    
This is a great answer, I was assuming the released paths needed to be editable! –  Jackson Hyde Jun 23 at 14:21
    
@JacksonHyde thanks, I made it an answer! –  Vincent Jun 23 at 14:25

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Edit: +1 for Bakabaka's answer above (unless you need editable paths)

Unfortunately I don't believe this is possible. As you've discovered, compound paths are designed to share attributes like fills and gradients, releasing the compound path simply copies these attributes onto the 'new' objects rather than creating new swatches to mimic the previous compound style.

What are you trying to achieve? If you post your end goals we might be able to suggest a different process to achieve what you want.

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You can always Object > Expand the entire compound path. This will leave the gradient's appearance intact, at the cost of editability.

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