Using pathfinder, I created a "compound shape" (either by just clicking "unite" or using option+click "unite" in the pathfinder panel). Is there a way to "uncombine" this shape later or on a copy of it?

Thanks! Judy


From the Pathfinder panel menu you can select Release Compound Shape which will "uncombine" your shapes back to their original state.

You can also select Expand Compound Shape to flatten the result to a single shape.

Pathfinder Panel Menu

  • .. but only if you Option/Alt-clicked the button (CS4+). If you merely clicked, without Option/Alt the objects are expanded upon the Pathfinder operation (CS4+). – Scott Oct 13 '16 at 3:01
  • @Scott you're right of course. This answer assumes you have a Compound Shape, regardless of how you got it. If you don't, you're stuck with it :) – Cai Oct 13 '16 at 8:08

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