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    Default Today's Illustrator Question...

    Say I have an Illustrator (CS3) file that has a crapload of elements... some have masks, some are needlessly complex, things that are overlapped have not had hidden parts trimmed, etc. Is there a way to easily "flatten" it into just the visible stuff? Or do I have to trim the crap off of every element individually? I'd like for it to still be vector art, just not so messy.
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    hmmm.... i'd be interested to hear any ideas on this. i dont know of anything specifically, but you could make the graphics really big, rasterize them, and then auto-trace them back into vector. you might loose some clean lines tho.

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    Sometimes this works. I select everything, Pathfinder> Divide. and then select a color, Select > same fill color and then Pathfinder > add to shape area.

    If it's really chaotic though sometimes it divides all into weird color patterns and doesn't work.

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    oh yeah and make sure all strokes are outlined first if there is any.

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    actually I just re-read your question. With the masks I'm not sure.

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    Tell your client to do it correctly and get it back to you.


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    For masked objects, opt+click this button:


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    or use 'expand'.

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    man, i miss freehand.

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    i didn't think you could 'expand' a mask.

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