I am wondering if anyone knows of a way to take a dashed line and quickly turn it into multiple lines, retaining its dash pattern. Maybe I need to get into some kind of scripting? If anyone could point me in the right direction that would be great. Thanks.

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    I think the question is quite unclear, you can get a better answer if you edit your question. As you can see youve allready gotten 2 different iterpretations for your question. Surely you can get a better answer by clarifying. Its by the way also possible to get the stroke expanded (or atleast close) without making the individual segments expanded to closed paths. – joojaa Apr 21 '15 at 20:20

You can easily duplicate an object by doing a transform.

You can duplicate an object by going to object - transform - move, select the amount you want to move the line. Make sure to click copy. You can then do transform again to make more lines.


Use the options on the Stroke Panel to create a dashed line....

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Then choose Object > Expand Appearance and then Object > Expand to create shapes for each of the dashes.

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Since you said you want to have multiple lines, I assume you want to cut your line into multiple separate lines.

You can do that with the Scissor Tool (C). Click with it on the part, where you want to cut your line and it will be separated into two independent lines.


When I did this for the Cricut to upload into Design Space, I wanted to use the dashes as cut marks for a folding line. To do this efficiently, I needed to make sure the lines ended up as a compound path. For those facing a similar need, hopefully this will work for you. Note: I am using Illustrator CS6.

Making a dotted single cut using a brush pattern (mine was a very thin line)

  1. Object -> Expand appearance
  2. Object -> Compound path -> Make

Making a dotted single cut using a dashed stroke 1. Object -> Expand 2. Object -> Compound path -> Make

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