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I made a hexagonal pattern, when I expand it and use the Crop Pathfinding tool, it created vertical lines inside my pattern, breaking it up into smaller pieces (which is not what I want).

Is there a way to expand my pattern so I can color the individual pieces, while keeping my original pattern shape?

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Steps

  • Create a square and apply the pattern
  • Object -> Expand
  • Pathfinder -> Crop
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You could use the Shape Builder tool to merge the pieces into hexagons.

Example:

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