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About this lesson
With our logo mostly set up we will expand all of our text and shapes to convert everything into vector points and save on RAM.
When to use
Once our logo is put together we can begin expanding all of our text and shapes to convert everything into points.
- Begin by opening the Expanding Shapes - Exercise.ai file
- Use your Selection Tool (V) to select the thin red stroke that goes around the main part of the bull logo (this should be Layer 11, just below your First Pass layer)
- Click and drag the fill color to the stroke color so they are the same, and then bring up the Stroke Panel and increase the weight to 6 points to create a slightly bolder and thicker line
- Since we have created a thicker line, we are going to want to move some of the details on the top of the head down slightly to move them away from the edges
- Use your Selection Tool (V) to click on the shapes along the top of the head while holding the Shift Key so they are all selected at the same time, and then tap them down a few times with the arrows on your keyboard
- Before moving ahead, lock the BG Layer along with the Live Type, Fonts, and Sketch Layers
- We can also now delete the Trace layer
- Select your Artboard Tool from the toolbar and then delete the second artboard leaving only the one with our logo and text
- At this point we want to select everything else in our file by pressing Command/Ctrl+A
- From here, copy it by pressing Command/Ctrl+C
- Make a new layer at the top of your Layers Palette and name it 'Expanded Logo'
- Then, press Command/Ctrl+F to paste everything in front on your new layer
- Turn off the visibility of every layer below, except for the BG layer
- With your main Selection Tool (V), click and drag around the whole logo on your Expanded Logo layer before going to the Object Menu and choosing 'Expand'
- Make sure that the Fill and Stroke boxes are both checked off and then hit OK
- We now have a copy of our whole logo that has been expanded, so at this point we can delete all of the other logo layers all the way down to the BG layer
Hints & tips
- While it is generally a good idea to keep a back up file with your original layers all separated, it can be helpful to remove them once you have an expanded copy to keep things cleaner and more organized in your files.
- Expanding your shapes is always a good idea as it converts anything that has a stroke applied to it into a solid shape.
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