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Adobe Illustrator - Grouping and Expanding Objects
This guide will show you how to combine several objects into a group which can be treated as one unit.
Grouped objects are stacked in succession on the same layer of the artwork and behind the frontmost object in the group; therefore, grouping may change the layering of objects and their stacking order on a given layer.
To Group Objects
- Select the objects to be grouped or the group to be ungrouped with one of the selection tools.
- Choose either Object > Group or Object > Ungroup.
Expanding objects allows division of a single object into multiple objects that make up its appearance.
Typically expanding is used to modify the appearance attributes and other properties of specific elements within it.
- Select the object.
- Choose Object > Expand.
- If the object has appearance attributes applied to it, choose Object > Expand Appearance and then choose Object > Expand.
- Set options, and then click OK:
- Object- Expands complex objects, including live blends, envelopes, symbol sets, and flares.
- Fill- Expands fills.
- Stroke- Expands strokes.
- Gradient Mesh- Expands gradients to a single mesh object.
- Specify- Sets the tolerance for color values between color stops. Higher numbers help maintain a smooth color transition; low numbers can create a more banded appearance.
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