I purchased an Adobe stock vector image that is made of multiple layers that are laid over with transparency to get the color darker etc — as seen below. How do I reduce in Illustrator multiple layers that are creating a different color through transparency into one Layer with the color created? If I use Pathfinder it just splits the layers but does not reduced it into one. Is it even possible?

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Depends what you mean by "layers"... What you see in the Layers panel in Illustrator is actually layers and objects, so probably not; all of those shapes need to be separate objects.

As for reducing the transparency down you can do that. Just go to:

Object → Flatten Transparency...

That'll flatten all the transparencies, blending modes and colors to what you see so all you'll have left are solid colored shapes, rather than blending transparent shapes.


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