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Warning: I am not an expert with Adobe Illustrator

I have done an illustration, using Adobe Illustrator, of some hair and a beard using only brushstrokes. I want to copy-and-paste this illustration into a Sketch file. However, there are so many brush strokes (paths?) that it takes some time to copy-and-paste the illustration between documents.

Does anybody know how I can join/flatten/combine (not sure of the right word because of my limited Illustrator knowledge) these brush strokes together so that it becomes more light-weight? At the moment, my computer has to do too many calculations.

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    Object -> Expand Apperance. Then pathfinder -> Unite.
    – joojaa
    Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 16:07
  • Thank you, this works perfectly. Why did you answer in the Comments section rather than the Answers section? In any case, thank you :-) Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 14:26
  • Its a duplicate answer... just cant be bothered to search for it. Also the answer is too short.
    – joojaa
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 15:20

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You can select all shapes that you need join, go to the main menu Object ->expand... the strokes lines must be converted into shapes, as in the example below

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Next we will make all shapes unite, keep select all shapes you want together, go to the panel Pathfinder->Shapes Mode-> Unite and all shapes will became as one, if perhaps you don't watch the panel you can press Shift+Ctrl+F9 or go to main window and select Pathfinder.

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  • Life saver dude! Thanks for this!
    – SuperMar1o
    Commented Sep 3, 2021 at 17:38

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