Ok, so I got a logo that's made of group of compound paths with appearance, I've already Expanded it once, so appearances (strokes only) are separate paths, and what I'm doing next it taking all the objects from the whole document and expanding them so there's no appearances or anything that wouldn't act 100% accurate while scaling.

Then, something unexpected happened. (The image is from a small portion of a poster, containing an obvious problem.) It seems as if the outer path of the O in PARTIO wouldn be open ended, but it's not. Both, the inner and the outer path of the O are two anchored paths. BTW, tried "outline path" as well as Expand, didn't make any difference. It just breaks.


Breaking things up with tools that shouldn't.

After a little bit of experimenting, I noticed that by adding third anchor point I can prevent the breaking, so I guess this is just a bug, and can't be helped, but can't be sure. I'll provide a picture here with the problem in detail and the workaround: the workaround of the day

I applied the third anchor to all of the 3 shapes, approximately to the same point, and it worked wonders. Only thing is, what if I had a blend of 1000 steps, would I go all the way? Hmm.. not unless it paid really well ;).

  • What happens if you run Simplify Path before expanding?
    – Farray
    Apr 12, 2011 at 23:31

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That is a bug. Report it to Adobe here.

  • I'm not gonna participate in free program developement for something that costs more than spacetravelling. They can do their own gruntwork ;)
    – Ars Magika
    Jun 12, 2011 at 5:21
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    "This bug is a problem to me. If I report it, someone can fix it. But I will not report it, because I am having a tantrum and want others to suffer as I have suffered, so that they will know the pain I feel." Dramatic, but not very useful. Jun 12, 2011 at 17:39
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    Wow, I didn't know space travel had gotten so cheap!
    – jhocking
    Jun 14, 2011 at 2:20
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    @jhocking - Yeah! I did that when I was 5 ... Just had to get a good big box and a marker. That technology has been around literally for years now!
    – leugim
    Jul 14, 2011 at 4:38

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