I've made a path in Illustrator which I need to be outlined. Quickest way to do this is with Outline Stroke, but then you'll get this united shape (see object in the middle below).

Is there a way to outline a path in a Devide-like way?

I want the object to be like the first cross, instead of the second cross I'm getting with Outline Stroke.

I want the object to be devided so I can easily remove imperfections.


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Use Object > Flatten Transparency and move the slider all the way to the right. Even though there maybe no transparency, for some reason (which I can't explain) this command expands the stroke in a different manner.

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This is somewhat dependent upon the version of Illustrator you maybe using. The commands have a nasty tendency to be slightly different based on the Illustrator version. For example, CS6 won't leave that centerline, when flattening transparency or Expanding, like CC does.

  • I'm getting the same result with Expand. All elements are united into a single shape - only with the initial path still showing within.
    – Martijn
    Commented Jan 15, 2015 at 15:02
  • @Martijn I was looking at the cross with Expand (multiple paths). See my updated answer for a single path option.
    – Scott
    Commented Jan 15, 2015 at 15:09

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