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I purchased a vector file from a stock vector website, thinking it would be easy to edit.

However, when I opened it, the layers were a mess.

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I would like it to be just two objects - a white vector object and a blue vector object, without any clipping masks or hidden layers.

My goal is to use either the left or the right side or both sides of the image as a transparent vector image over a background, spaced out to have elements in the middle.

Is there a simple way to do this in Illustrator?

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  • Select All
  • Click the Merge button on the Pathfinder Panel

If you want just white and blue objects, you're done at this point. But... if you want just blue objects continue... (I would want just blue.. then I can manually add a simple white rectangle behind the blue if necessary.)

  • Use the Direct Selection Tool (White Arrrow) to click a white object
  • Choose Select > Same > Fill and Stroke
  • Hit the Delete Key

You'll be left with some minor issues which you'll have to manually correct. Random paths which join pieces causing a sliver of blue to show. This is due to original construction and slight misalignment of some objects. See below...

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(Note file is generated by some bleeding-edge version of Illustrator. I can't open the original file here. Opened in Acrobat, saved as PDF then opened that PDF in AICS6 and AICC2017. Not sure why anyone saves an EPS as the bleeding-edge version. :) )

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  • Muh. The point of .eps files is to be compatible with software from the Stone Age -- no edge needed there, let alone a bleeding one. ^^
    – Vincent
    Jan 28 at 20:35
  • @Vincent that's kind of my thought too.. AI EPS hasn't changed since v10 (I think).
    – Scott
    Jan 28 at 20:37
  • Thanks @Scott - sorry about how illustrator exported the EPS. The first part of the question was what I'm trying to achieve - the two patterns are different so using them to frame an element in a composition is better done with the white shape on one side and blue on another otherwise it looks mirrored. Anyways - thanks Jan 28 at 21:44
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    @MicroMachine I would do the above to get only blue.... clean it up. Draw a white rectangle behind, select all and then use Pathfinder > Merge again to generate the white. Cleaner end result beach you'll only need to fix those minute issues once.
    – Scott
    Jan 28 at 22:19

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