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I've created this brick pattern in Adobe Illustrator using Object > Repeat > Grid.

The brick pattern I created in Adobe Illustrator

I want to tell Illustrator that I'm done using the grid/repeat tool, and that I'd like to be able to edit each brick as if I had created them by hand.

How can I achieve this? Thanks in advance!

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    The term is expand.
    – joojaa
    Oct 16, 2022 at 8:56
  • Is this new functionality? The version of Illustrator CC I'm using doesn't have Object > Repeat > Grid. Did you mean Object > Pattern > Make, then Tile Type: "Grid"? After making a pattern you click Done. To expand/bake in a pattern filled object, click Object > Expand. To rasterize an object, click Object > Rasterize.
    – Billy Kerr
    Oct 16, 2022 at 9:58
  • @BillyKerr idk, i'm using Illustrator 26.5. You can see the grid feature here.
    – MEATTAIL
    Oct 16, 2022 at 11:14
  • @joojaa thank you!
    – MEATTAIL
    Oct 16, 2022 at 11:15
  • @MEATTAIL - yeah must be new. Don't see the point of it TBH. Illustrator already had tiled pattern functionality. I'm not upgrading just to find out. Sorry. Yeah, try "Expand".
    – Billy Kerr
    Oct 16, 2022 at 11:24

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Per the comments: Select the Grid Repeat object, and then choose Expand from the Object menu. Next from the same menu you may want to select Clipping Mask > Release. Finally, either use the Direct Selection tool (white arrow) or Ungroup the bricks to edit them individually.

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