I draw a square in Adobe Illustrator and I extruded to create a 3D bar. but now I would like to add dimension lines and so on to the drawing, but of course these don't snap to the 3D drawing but to the original square instead. Is there a way to convert the created 3D bar to a path so I can actually snap to its lines?

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    Object -> Expand Apperance
    – joojaa
    Apr 29, 2015 at 11:57

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After you hit the okay button on the 'extrude and bevel' window and while the original 2-dimensional paths that you just extruded are still selected you select 'object' >> 'expand appearance' which will create the new 3-dimensional paths for your shape.

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    Note that, in newest versions of AI, this is not possible anymore with the "3d extrude and bevel" default effect, you should use 3D and materials > 3d (classic) > Extrude and bevel (classic) Jun 23, 2023 at 8:21
  • The Classic 3D did the trick, thanks!
    – strarsis
    Jul 16, 2023 at 1:17

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